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Turret

From beyond my sight, shots
echo off the rise; dampened
answers stroll like summer thunder,
and I wonder whether

the staccato roar we hear is just the first –
whether, were we stationed in the valley
we would swell like the gulf
between two rows of cannons,

bob like bait in the wake
of their ships’ shuddering reactions
as, from beat to beat, the clamor faded,
waves diminishing in every strike.

How many heartbeats would I wait
below, listening for the comfort
of a dwindling answer to my only question:
Are you still there? Are you still there?

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A single eye, convective like the sun,
cold orb in sway like Naja naja’s hood,
swinging from powered sinews deeply run
through conduit to chambers I withstood:
She’s fixed on murder and a cold revenge.
A treachery of raven and black ice,
she sets herself, an ending to avenge,
with words that pare her pound of flesh, precise,
piercing like picks into my orbits. Here,
arrived through brief ellipses gold and blue –
paired, fickle rings – I wait to fill my bier
after our last, sadistic pas de deux.
My bad end is welcome as confection,
driven here in throes of mad affection.

Liner note

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There once was an A.I. named GLaDOS
whose modules resembled a radish.
She said to her guests
as she finished their tests,
“The cake was a lie; have some haggis.”

 

Liner note

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