Thorn Within

Written by: Derek Chos

There's a thorn within me
Piercing my chest when I breathe
Stabbing my ribs when I laugh
Causing me pain when I work

It's a sinister thorn
I've had it all through my life
It beats every day to keep me alive
But the thorn within is killing me now

Even when I'm still
It palpitates in a frenzy
Short of breath, I stop to recover
The thorn within laughs

I'd beg it to stop
But I'd die along with it
Laughing as it kills me
The thorn within beats out its rhythm