Monday, November 30, 2015

Sometimes My Feet Go Numb by Wayne Corbitt


Sometimes My Feet Go Numb
 
Sometimes my feet go numb
I sleep a lot
Most of my old fag buddies are dead
My doctor treated my lover too
I feel guilty about being alive.
 
Sometimes my feet go numb
In people of color the skin is ashy dry
Coffee and tea don’t go well with my medication
I remember sexual freedom.
 
Sometimes my feet go numb
It takes one or two days to get a prescription filled
   at San Francisco General
I heard two guys making a speed deal at the food bank once
My thumbnails are blue from AZT
Bruises that don’t heal quickly worry me.
 
Sometimes my feet go numb
My sweat smells medicinal, my urine stinks
Television commercials make me cry
The news makes me angry
I’m tired all the time.
 
Sometimes my feet go numb
I take an anti-depressant and other drugs
   to scare my voices away
I hate pity
The very idea of wearing diapers is humiliating
I wonder if the acupuncture is doing any good.
 
Sometimes my feet go numb
And I don’t notice until I try to walk
Then I stumble
   swear
Shake them awake
   and move on. 



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