the water is tepid and murky
what choice does a man have?
if choosing between death and thirst
he will drink, regardless
the quick dispatch may have had its pros
dying of dehydration anyway
from Giardia induced diarrhea
his final rest in a pool of  feces


6 Responses to “stall”

  1. True in essence throughout the world,but giardia is endemic in undeveloped countries and generally produces mild symptoms, not death. More deadly, water-borne, tri-syllabic conditions include ‘cholera’ and ‘amoeba’.

    • Vic said

      Thank you stopping by to read my scribbles, Paramananda. Any one of those parasites could have killed the hope in this piece. It was more the “kick ’em while he’s down” thought, I was trying to portray.

  2. poeticgrin said

    You’ve written a piece that is bot morbid and classically elegant! Your ending is da shit. 🙂

  3. Now talk about profound! Ha! You’ve nailed it Vic. When desperation sets in, one can be driven to do the formerly unthinkable. Especially when the survival instinct kicks in. Very well done!

    • Vic said

      Yeah, I’m in a “damned if I do, damned if I don’t” situation right now with my job moving to Houston. That’s where this stems from.

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