Labored seeing –
The artist as his canvas drifts away.
The IV hums a little.
They only let him squeeze
The morphine button every five minutes.
4 out of every 5 minutes
Is a dog gnawing on his body.
One more painting and I will go
The advertisement promised diligent bread.
The sort of thing that will eat for you
While you bask prideful in a fashionable,
The world loves you as it loves itself.
That’s why it wants less of you, Dear.
There is a new job coming,
To be done by someone else.