Delirium Tremens

My turkey face stapled
to skeletal framework,
waxy gooseflesh skin
and sulphurous air.

Quivering images;
a head full of Miro,
a cinematic battleground
with walls that shiver and shake
like a mast in a maelstrom.

Scalpel slice,
then pepper grind
and a curdled lexicon
from a gin-stained brain.

Poisoned plasma.

My simulated supplication
an emblem for sought salvation.

Henry is a writer, poet and mental health essayist based in Somerset in the UK. He has a PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Birmingham. His latest poetry collection is a collaboration about mental health with Dutch artist Marcel Herms and is available from Egalitarian Publishing.

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