Tombstone early morning tide;
splintered shell pierces pallid skin,
sculls along labyrinthine veins –
underwater aural pound,
spikey versed consumptive curse
lodged in lungs and liver-skinned skeins.
rasp-ridden, sleep-deprived weep.
Saturation deep-strips hue.
Ululation over; nude lips hunker
beneath orbs scraped of colour –