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(9 November 1928 – 4 October 1974 / Newton, Massachusetts)

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Again and Again and Again

You said the anger would come back
just as the love did.

I have a black look I do not
like. It is a mask I try on.
I migrate toward it and its frog
sits on my lips and defecates.
It is old. It is also a pauper.
I have tried to keep it on a diet.
I give it no unction.

There is a good look that I wear
like a blood clot. I have
sewn it over my left breast.
I have made a vocation of it.
Lust has taken plant in it
and I have placed you and your
child at its milk tip.

Oh the blackness is murderous
and the milk tip is brimming
and each machine is working
and I will kiss you when
I cut up one dozen new men
and you will die somewhat,
again and again.

Submitted: Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Edited: Wednesday, August 11, 2010


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  • Marina Gipps (2/23/2007 3:17:00 PM)

    i understand completely...too bad you are dead.

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