A cold stone weighed down his chest.
With rattling, trembling lungs
He whimpered out his last few breaths.
Through his thin, pallid skin a heart beat slow.
Each thump shattered the earthbound rock.
His soul wrenched itself from its chains,
Leaping into the heavens, but
Dissolving in the burning acid rain,
Leaving a fragile shell
That crumbled into sand;
The sand that fills the unforgiving deserts
across which warm feet walk.