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Mute *

I accept chaos. I am not sure whether it accepts me. I know some people are terrified of the bomb. But then some people are terrified to be seen carrying a modern screen magazine. Experience teaches us that silence terrifies people the most. -- Bob Dylan


I wish to be your
shadow hiding semi-colons
in my bloodbathed, uttered prayers
one night of anonymous --

       sex-after-coffee-



etceteras

the candles lick
their apostrophic meltings
of your quick-drying --

       latex-dreaming-hyphenated-



face

no words huddle in nervous parenthesis
unbecoming of my wordy entrapment
at throbbing-fires-shift --

       press-key-number-



8

your heart does not exclaim love
asking in a way your Bible (as a condom) penetrates
my bleak emptiness, as the fingers-tap --

       clumsy-dance-space-



bars

   let me be your preacher; a lovely Solomon's wife, a faraway comma
       teaching safe-sex,
     leaving God shrieking in your bottomless pits: my naďve disillusions become seraphims
       hailstorming my frailty
          of these catatonic-clauses-of-my-periodic-

heavenly feelings


churchy
Bathsheba's

serpentine feelings          
baptismal mothers
schooled         Sunday

brethren
debating anachronism
cathartic faiths
evolving syndromes --
holier
than
thou!


_______
* Author's note: This poem was originally entitled "Unknown Spaces," created sometime in 2000-2001. Recently, this was revised on July 17, 2004, after reflecting/changing on its now-silent title.

------
Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary. -- Sir Cecil Beaton (1904-1980) English photographer


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