- Vol. 10
- Chapter 03
a: to fall suddenly and helplessly
Your sphincter relaxes.
it only takes seconds, but you know
that you might break something.
Even your neck
If encased in a metal suit, you may shrivel
in it slowly like a dead plum.
Nobody will hear your cries
for help, only your own ears.
Your armour rusts.
Eventually it will disintegrate
and metal will mix with
Nature will reclaim it all.
b: to suffer a sudden downfall, overthrow, or defeat
They attacked you from behind.
You had set your sights on winning
There were those who disagreed.
You first made concessions,
then you attacked.
Your allies left your flanks and back
open for the others’ lances to knock
you off your horse.
You fell, an armoured beetle,
couldn’t turn yourself around.
The new king left you to rot.
c: to decline suddenly and sharply
Your time has come.
Your breath is laboured.
The pain in your chest is unexpected.