Each night, she must be watered
as if she were a flower. She is not
a flower. The needle placed just between
skin and muscle; sometimes pain
Sometimes pain becomes a skill
like falling gracefully or slowly
just like things-that-fall-slowly.
Gravity. Sin or Grace. Punishment
or relief. The only surviving victim
learns acceptance then chooses:
drink or choke.
You too will lean into that heavy
flow and flow. Like a petal
on a river current