A dark poem inspired by the primal urge of thirst. Enjoy …
THE FINAL DRINK
Throat sore, tongue parched,
he sat under the blazing sun.
Dying for a drop of liquid life,
to soothe the awful, stifling burn.
With every breath, the fuming wind,
did scorch his flaccid, wheezing lungs.
With every passing moment, the scalding land,
did roast him like an earthen oven.
The rays of sunlight did feel,
like white hot needles piercing his flesh.
And through solar punctures and bodily orifices,
did leak his soul, vaporizing, set ablaze,
like a volatile, inflammable fluid substance.
Who needs mortal enemies?
when nature can get the job done with ease …
Into one’s life, the Dark Specter — harbinger of everything negative,
always finds a way …
Through death or simply through mere thirst,
she brings us into her sway ….
Head pounding, eyes flaring, blood boiling, skin smoldering, flesh melting,
Will breaking, consciousness evaporating, bathed in pain and despair,
Brain stewed in boiling cranial fluids,
Temperature heightened chemical reactions, neurons fired
In the sanctum of his final abode,
The primal instinct of thirst,
brought about heavenly hallucinations of hope:
A glass of cool, soft, sweet, sparkling water —
The trickling sound of the gentle liquid pouring;
Or a soothing, fruit juice cocktail —
The sound of crystal-clear, cold ice-cubes
splashing in the drink, clinking against the glass;
Or maybe some luscious, thick milkshake
topped with ice cream and a sweet sauce —
The sound of slurping shake through straw;
Or some refrigerated soft-drink,
In a sophisticated, compact, glass bottle,
Cool dew condensed on its surface —
The sound of a fizzy ‘pop’ and a glugging throat;
Swimming in a lake with a waterfall,
cool mist diffusing in a gentle breeze;
emerging refreshed, rejuvenated, reborn …..
Fighting a war of immolation in this inferno,
desperately avoiding pyrolysis,
the simplest of urges – thirst,
brought about powerful emotions of hope and desire,
even in a state of total despair …
Conflicting emotions annihilated each other,
releasing all the feelings locked
in the confines of the mysterious mind –
a scream of insanity, and maddening laughter …
He had the tiniest trickle of the life giving elixir,
left in his almost-empty water bottle.
Inverting, he collected it in the bottle cap, and saw in it,
His reflection akin to man who’d been given a throttle.
Involuntary smacking of lips, but no saliva expelled,
which could dissolve food into life.
Now empty sacs, devoid of their substance,
like the state of his life, devoid
of love, friendship, happiness and
everything which the human condition deems good and desirable.
The pathetic husk of a creature brought his cracked lips
close to the tiny container and sucked the water …
One fleeting moment of hope and gratitude,
and tears of joy, but none came …
The final drink, it was insignificant,
He gulped fluid but could feel only air,
Liquid did not coat his tongue and throat,
No feeling of quenching thirst,
No feeling of cool water,
BEAUSE IT WAS FUCKIN’ WARM!
He choked on it and coughed
Cough! Cough! Cough!
COUGH! COUGH! COUGH! COUGH!
His poor heart,
already weak from having to pump
dehydrated blood thick as paste,
could take no more …
It seemed that all the life-givers of the world,
Had turned against him (why? WHY!?)
The sun burned him, the earth scorched him
and the life-giving liquid sucked the life from him …
Dead he dropped, pathetic, wasted,
His bodily fluids sucked dry,
His flesh parched crisp, cracked, crumbled and dispersed,
His bare boned skeleton weathered, turned to sand,
Consumed by the land …
With his final drink, he died a pathetic loser,
full of regret …..