the last sin
  pale ashen sky
a bleary eye
clouds of recurring screams...
i am a zoo
  an octopus leviathan
tentacles into an ocean
of unformed emotions...
syphilis and love  
  syphilitic pall
stifles the clear blue
i contort...
shell and pearl
  amidst highs and lows
in life's ocean flows
a shell peony-mouthed...
i am an unmarried mother
  fed on stings
of barbed milk morality
my child-plankton...
the lovers
  cell upon cell
bridge of their union
hung on the pillars...
  ogre of age
and time cavil
at a warm picture...
the young today
  innocence thaws
at the altar
of ambition...

blush on

that playful blush
on your cheek
deserves more
than a honey-kissed whiff
a dab of fresh dew
and dreams
the colours in a rainbow exist
because they are mirrored
in your kohl-lined eyes
a poem survives
because you brought it
to your lips

thank you

17 October 2006