Tuesday, May 23, 2006


What is more horrifying than flesh?
Flesh that is fat or thin or fine,
Flesh that is white or tan or scorched,
Flesh that is cool or hot or torched
By passions that emphasize the burrowed flesh,
Passions that drive us to drink, to folly,
To felons of abandoned ardor
Or faggots of futile desire--

Keep watch.
Keep watch and wait.

Watch for the heedless horror
That crucifies desire;
Watch how this deedless sorrow
Mirrors madness in the fire.

4th draft: 05/23/06
©1980 Ronald C. Southern

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