rose fever

start with the checkerboard
alongside my forearm
dropping the pieces
the dead diseases
take a blade to
let them in
wait to see
which react on my skin

but the cure
is expensive
time-consuming
quite severe
so why not treat
the symptoms
as they appear

it will stick with you
until your last breath
so manage your pills
let the fluids run
down your throat
coughing and wheezing
as you go on

discussion