渇き [Kawaki] (Thirst) (a poem)

Wrote this last night (but after midnight) while watching the movie of the same name on Hulu (which has it under The World of Kanako)…

I am the leech
the moocher
the drain on resources
the tick hiding in the coat of the dog
the remora hitching a ride on the shark

I am the blood-
engorged creature
dropping to the ground
with a dull smack
appetite unsated

the aftermath
haunting the scene
until they tear this building down
and discover
what used to be buried here

The heart that once beat
in this horrible place
reigns infamous
because blood makes noise
I am screaming

(30 December 2017)