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"Turn Back"

October 7, 2006

“Turn Back”

You have turned me back–
to a face feverish.
and tearful, with
the coming dawn.
I, who pled invincibility,
who bribed happiness–
for a moment’s
dwelling in the
soul.

You have turned me back–
without fingers; with
only your snaking words,
whose venoms crept
along my shield, my spear–
and, lo, they disappear!
I, who swore–
allegiance to
marching
motion.

You have turned me back–
I crawl,
resting, belly-up,
among the mountains’
templars, holy,
victimizing–

Inscribe me with
sonnets to Love!
(proprieter of death)–
and to Lust!
(mother of my dull,
aching head)–
which turns me
back–
You have turned me back!
And I cannot go
on.

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