The Return
By Valerie Muriel Mckinley
Published: October 16, 2007
Updated: February 2, 2009

The sweet being
that once was
has disappeared,

consumed by the metastases
that chew
at his vitals.

The face that used to
reflect the sun
is overcast by his own doom,

death hides carelessly
behind the light in his eyes

yet, its presence
taints his breath
and paints his skin sallow.

He knows the earth awaits him.