This was Robert Fitterman's prompt at FPR today:
Collect found language from individuals who articulate how they feel, specifically, in their bodies…physical symptoms in the body (neck, head, stomach, feet, etc). Use at least 20 different posts from different speakers. Modify, arrange, modify. PS. This idea is borrowed from Steve Zultanski.
I gathered a number of statements from the many forums on line and the result is below:
I lied, I’m starting to show discolouration
Doesn’t look like a good sign
At first it was just in the morning
A tickle migrating to the chest
A short burst of rapid heartbeats
Misery snap crackle popping
Leaving me to crawl on all fours
Waiting for the light to change,
Seeing no green, only red
As at night I drip blood
Keep my mouth shut
In case I blaspheme … God forgive me
My confusion, blurred vision
Has taken everything I had
I lose all recent memory,
Is there anyone out there?
This is so terrifying
... I’m always afraid
.........I won’t wake up
A writer - I think that says it all.