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Fragment 2My abdomen was killing me.
I searched around the bathroom for aspirin. I swallowed it dry.
I stumbled over to the kitchen for something to settle my stomach, knowing my gut really had nothing to do with the pain; but choosing denial anyway.
I found the living room and collapsed onto the ragged, burgundy couch. The cushions' springs squeaked beneath what little weight I had left. I smiled at the dark humor in my situation.
Fragment 1I looked up to see what little light there was in the room. It didn't reveal anything but itself. Preparing myself to rise, I breathed slowly for a few seconds, then slid up the unfamiliar, concrete wall. I shivered in response to its frigidness on my skin. (One could say I'm accustomed to cold. But there's a unique despair to the feeling, I believe.) I anticipated a low ceiling and was disappointed. I had unconcsiously closed my eyes. I opened them. I could see more standing than seated.
a dangerous hallucinationThe light coming through the window was bright,
much too bright.
Even though my eyes were closed
I could see it-
The skin of my arms prickled,
sweat dripped from my brow.
It was two in the afternoon but…
the sun was setting
through the window facing east.
I should have seen the hutch,
shelves lined with bone china
decorated with delicate leaves and vines.
I was so thirsty
and reaching for cups that should have been there.
Instead I found a billboard of butterflies,
the colors raging
more than any rainbow
I'd ever seen.
Their wings fluttered and flashed
yet somehow they moved in slow motion.
I wanted to stand,
wanted to reach out and touch them but…
I couldn't move,
and yet I laughed
ignoring my dry mouth
and the tingling in my feet.
There was a tempest
on the rise
and in my blood.
A sugar rush disguised
as a riot of butterflies
and they were swarming me.
There was a small vial
of insulin in my pocket
that I nev
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