Falling apart, decomposing. If a piece of paper were left outside in the rain for several hours, it would decay into a pulpy mess.
Dizzy: the feeling that a person gets when they’re swung around quickly. Imagine being turned around ten times: how would you feel? (Dizzy!)
An action: falling over, leaning over, looking flopped over while still standing.
As in, drilled — not “I’m so tired in class that I’m going to fall asleep”.
Two parts of a drum set.
Hung on like death: an English idiom that means, in this poem, ‘the boy hung onto his father very tightly’.
A thick type of sugar. It’s so thick that it looks like motor oil.