rat poison

Thomas Chatterton was a fine poet
who swallowed
rat poison.

that got him
out of it.

how are you and I going
to get out, friend?

we are beggars of the universe.
our stupid agony is as constant
as the heartbeat.

15 years ago
my guys came out across the rug.

at night now
I cover my face with my hands
and wait.

Thomas Chatterton: