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I want to be somewhere between inside

you and you,

feel myself when pressed silent

against our skin.


I’ll settle for this gowned


wrapping myself loosely around your

aching body,

dangling limp off your cold


an afterthought of blood and cloth.


I can’t help my invasive desire,


wish to slip inside your chest and massage

your heart with my hands,

cut away the dead

tissue and the cancerous longing for

any experience beyond this bed,

this surgical table where we invade

each other for love and medicinal


your body the cause of all

my pains but also the source of my cure.

Brian McGackin

‪Poet Brian McGackin is the author of BROETRY and DEATH IN THE RICK. He lives in Los Angeles and drinks a lot of Guinness.‬

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