The Blow to the Heart by Rene Magritte
He couldn’t move like that any more.
By most accounts, he never could. But a loud mouth and a sharp tongue could take the place of an agile body — and though his jaw scraped and muddled, the words still darted out quick as ever.
The emptiest chatter, spun long enough, could find itself a rope, a thread, a noose for his own neck. It was something to hold to, and he gripped tight.
It was a terror each night, to wake and find himself silent.
Wolfsbane is one name for Aconitum napellus, a poisonous plant long used to kill predator animals in both Europe and India. It plays a large part in werewolf legends and mythology. Aconitum napellus and all its derivatives are real poisons. Ingesting and, in some cases, touching the leaves and flower can be deadly to humans. For example wolfsbane petals in fruit punch would likely kill anyone within hours of ingesting.
“The shovel - a soldier’s friend.”