One will begin to cough up dirt.
He will taste mud in every meal.
Another will stop changing his sheets.
His wife will complain of the number of blankets,
the weight of so much wool and cotton.
One will develop ulcers.
One will board up his windows.
The youngest will wake up with sudden blindness
and he will be comforted by this.
All will experience impotence.
When the earth takes you as a lover,
you will have no other.
- Sierra DeMulder