Bats breaching earlobes
Breaching etiquette, breaching breeches
Sucking dry energy and compassion.
Buzzing their ultrasonic sonar, radar, lunar lectures in my ears.
Gathering at the hearth of regret
Burning patience, scorching wits, singeing nerves, burning out.
Gnawing at abandonment,
Spitting the remnants at my exasperated toes.
Check your guilt at the door with your coat and hat, please!
Daft benign agents of envy
Issuing orders without authority, edict, command
Falling on a greased back
Ducking the stares. Aim. Duck, duck again!
Recycle that blame laden handkerchief that you spuriously toss at me,
Infected with rabid slights planted and nurtured years ago
In a hidden cave of hostility
Battling for loyalty to the dishonorable flock
By spewing guano and vinegar (???)
As your demands amass in a mound.