stagnation

"shh," she murmured,
stroking his cold, limp hair.

he'd been quiet for a while.

he lay in her arms,
slumped over a fragile shoulder;
motionless, drained.
remnants of tears

(saline channels run awry)

encrusted his cheeks, his eyes.

they were rough,
harsh,

defiant against the soft brush of her lips.