after martha\’s graveyard

de•lir•i•um tre•mens |ˌtriːmɛnz| |ˌtrɛ-| noun a psychotic condition typical of withdrawal in chronic alcoholics, involving tremors, hallucinations, anxiety, and disorientation.

ORIGIN early 19th cent.: from Latin, ‘trembling delirium.’

The paddle steamer ran aground. The tourists have all gone home. And all the while you speak of it, a slip and clack of stones.

Six paint pots lined up empty, bedsheets soiled with sweat. And sleep does not come easy in those early hours between the 60 watt bulb burning – or four digits faintly glowing – and the exhausting ring of retching; regurgitating drips.


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