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...


little rats scurrying all over the place
with big designs on their mind
scheming in hush-hush tones
climbing over each other
to pull the one down
one who was new in town
and almost got away
ploughing a lonely furrow

little rats scurrying all over the place
in cubbyholes of mind
clobbering fresh thought
merry dancing dipping their noses
in a community feast
to celebrate the triumph
of their murky ways
see the air of importance
in their beady eyes

little rats scurrying all over the place
maggots generated from the rotten


(26 April 2002)