Love’s no love, the barterer barters bale,
Sells sin, sly--ah, but I buy, buy, buy!
Delicious dead dread drug! I stop, I try…
Run, reel, hungering heavily--you hail,
Half feral, I flee not, I fall, flail, fail!
Blind brass bed, butcher block, we lie and lie,
Mouth purple poems most piously and sigh,
And drift on savage seas without a sail!
Winter storms, like maelstroms, staunch not my thirst,
My typhoon heart’s lethal lust lusts, lest death
Take me unfulfilled, scathed, scarred scarlet, cursed.
Come corral me Christ! I, slave-chained, no breath
Breathes in me, tremble tumble in tombs…
Contrite my concrete heart consigned to dooms.