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Circus Metamorphosis


by Samuel Derrick Rosen


Such pretty dogma, a voice in sleep
stutters a wakefulness, clings to the Gothic
like a warrior clings to war.
You wear the gown of impossibility.

Before unfinished works of suns,
perpetual irises, wonderful, mad,
armed with such superlatives
I heap praise upon your pineal gland.

First upright, then an elegant crawl,
certainty shall not enslave you,
the ambiguous liberates beyond sublime.
Your dream stretched out, a succubus.

You are best when clinging to all things Gothic,
something that doesn't command new eyes,
where the flawed are dressed in resplendent garb,
before crystal and iron and accident.

Shall I spoon-feed your Victorian mouth?
Tortured mysteries.  Thin hellos.  Dense goodbyes.
Will you then take me back to
where there are no arrivals or departures?

A world forfeiting new invention,
so full of clocks, so fucking ageless,
shimmer false mirrors of Man's suspense
until all appears to flatter chance.

I stare into your orifice, see a circus metamorphosis!
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