wrong o wrong oh ready –
steady now for demonstration,
to suffer what it means
to dress in bruise and muscle,
formaldehyde attire,
become an object of desire;
clean, but well below the waterline,
kept beneath dulled senses
and vessels held by sharper ends.
Not Icarus, but Syracuse –
to attract instead of seeking,
to affect into affliction
all disciples of a common cause,
mutual dead friends.
lesser ode to a life of
selling at the temple,
short but every inch a king.
pauper dragged by kicks and screaming,
young boy drowning in bad company;
severed hands with which to stray
and stay in camouflage,
harvest fruit from darker earth.
heaven from the outside in,
the sin without –
the turning of a septic ground.


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