The definite article blemished

It is more than a severed membrane

Or a rouse.

When part of you is bereft

Dead weight

Impossible to reach or lift

You paused for breath

And exhaled

It is more like a severed soul

Or an event

When you are departed

Historical hysterical

The definite article blemished

You try to recover

And fail.

It is more like a severed artery

Or a curse

When you are deflated

Unhinged untenable

No longer considered viable

You stooped to conquer

And died

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