absence is a ludicrous illusion

he shifts like a virgin in stirrups

my treacherous little monster

incapacitate me, please?

absorb me, in high doses

like opium, venom

just before devouring me

my savage little serphent

vex me, endlessly?

with the gaping mouth

of a reptile

or a ketamine sky

oh, an empty touch

never felt so full

cold blood

so consuming

a. duncan, 2018



Artwork:  Northern Mockingbird, Mimus polyglottos, John James Audubon, 1830



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Amor et melle et felle est fecundissimus || Love is rich with both honey and venom

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