For M. Faber, with admiration and gratitude.

wise carrion,

glinting through immaterial
realms, great, sheer and sinister— 
blue-amber, warm cases, aching,

chasmically suspended, in voids, uncreated.

beats-per-minute, blend, 
breathless rivers of blood, flood,
prayers boxed, organs, collapsed,
souls snuffed in prolonged eldritch instants.

cosmically gutted, 
glinting through immaterial
sinew, marrow, grey matter, cilia, scapula, soup.