Breath & Shadow

A Journal of Disability Culture and Literature

Autumn 2009
Volume 6, Number 4


By Azure R. Angelus

This faulty rhythm cycles through my body
I have staggered with it always
When I was an unnumbered child
It was the tick-tock of the clock
That reminded me with each notch of noise
How awake I was through passing increments

These days, the time is uniform
Glowing some neon colour with precision
Having evolved past the need for hands
These digital numbers flicker by
Without a sound
Making the pass of time liquid
Each minute giving away with a smooth drip
I can no longer keep track
Seconds, minutes, hours
All become meaningless

A silent leak falling somewhere far from me
No longer able to impact the air
Granting nothing substantial to my ear
I've stopped believing it exists
Time is a myth to be filed away

Azure R. Angelus lives in Tarpon Springs, Florida. She is disabled due to Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Type III, which causes chronic pain. She has been previously published in OffKILTer Review and Pine River Anthology. Her website is  http://sites.google.com/site/azurerangelus/ and she can be reached at AzureRAngelus@gmail.com

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