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...
rebirth
  ogre of age
and time cavil
at a warm picture...
the young today
  innocence thaws
at the altar
of ambition...
 

syphilis and love

syphilitic pall
stifles the clear blue
i contort
at the perfidy of the myth
of lifelong childhood
that held me together
the gardener
tending to the undergrowth
tampered with the roots
in which syphilis of love
now mushrooms
and i
attempt to revive
the moribund sapling back to life

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