dead people are free.
living in fear is a crime
like being buried alive in a public space–
the air diminishes and the breath quickens
and darkness closes in.
but the new victims don’t have the same
liberties as those with closed cases
because they wake up to see
that their worst fear
is intangible–but still they have to face it
and they are alive to live it daily
and not free
like the dead.