You will rot
for the boy
whose love once filled books
and poems
and lines
upon lines
upon lines

of passion.

You will rot
for his apologies
for his text message
for his 2am phone call
when his words
are slurring
and swerving
down the road
into a head-on collision of

I’m sorry.

You will rot
waiting for the magnificent explosion
that will amount
to an amazing symphony of


And in the end,
you will rot

if you wait
for him.

—  Michelle K., Rotten.



a philosophical term in the Greek language referring to transmigration of the soul, especially its reincarnation after death. It is a doctrine popular among a number of Eastern religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Druzism wherein an individual incarnates from one body to another, either human, animal, or plant.

Etymology: from Late Latin metempsychosis, from Hellenistic Ancient Greek metempsúkhōsis, from Ancient Greek meta-, “beyond” + en, “in” + psukhḗ, “soul”.

[Kate Powell - From my rotting body, flowers shall grow, and I am in them, and that is eternity]