New Blood

New Blood

Remember when

As I sit in
A grizzled basement

All the wounds
Taken in
On a new voyage

A safari
Some new scarring

A needle and wire
Like those of a
Splatter mask
Now in use to bind

The ties of a wound
On the flesh
With metal mingling
And comforting
To let rest

Let the stitches nurture
The things sustained
From nature

Quick with the
Memories of bullets
Ripping through
In every caliber

It hurts

Crossing wires
In the skin
Like a wicker basket

Even with all the
Bitter liquor you think
Quicker to pour on it

It burns

When the surgery
Is done

Now left is just a scar
To remember every millimeter
Of wounds that scored through

And tore exiting like new
Scars were being formed
As soon as the wounds came

All the blood I was losing
All those transfusions

Every millimeter of flesh
And metal mixed together then
Still shocks now when

The needle enters and exits
As rusty cheap mechanical
Wire brings back
My flesh together

Cutting the wire
At the end

Letting the pliers and
Wire cutters clatter
To the concrete ground
Of a blood-splattered
Basement

Sitting back under the
Silver lights

Remembering when

I drank wine that
One morning before
We ventured inland
And feeling it
Burn my throat

Millimeters
Of wire
Millimeters
Of fire

And the desire
To remember when

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