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Seneca, My Existential Detective

you're sleeping with ghosts and kissing
your pillow. lifing one finger to signal,
dear, Seneca for just one more round.

she says, 'life is a quality,
not a quantity. no man can lose
very much, when only a driblet remains.'

but diet pills blur, with whiskey swills
and you cough up a lung.
and spit it right out.

saying, 'what's breathing for me,
well, it ain't breathing no more.'

by Travis Bowden

Comments (1)

The rhythm of the first two stanzas is tight. 'you're sleeping with ghosts and kissing / your pillow. lifting one finger to signal, ' especially. I have a question about the third stanza, which loses a little momentum for me - I'll try to send you a poemhunter email. I love the last stanza - it catches.