Still Vermin

Sun in Gemini

Vermin seagulls

Still Vermin

I am just like you

But hungry

My stomach longs

For days of food

A taste that through

My numbing mind

I sometimes still remember

I am just like you

But dirty

My oily, spotted flesh

Smells rank and damp

From days afloat

With no warm breeze to sing to me

Just the icy spray from salted sea

I am just like you

But cold

My garments, insufficient

On the day I left, with hope,

Now cling like a thing

To which you would attach

The label of derision

I am just like you

But childless

From my frozen hands

The locks of young blonde hair

Were torn by those whose

Eyes could look no more

On frothing foam

I am just like you

But simpler

You do not know

What it is like

To live within a hungry hole

And shelter from…

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