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dare me not
and dare me well
but I can't play games
since my childhood crashed into the dying sun

he, who shall
(in his fair-skinned manners)
tell me not to become
that which I can never be
though that is what I once was

and you,
the meddling penniless millionaire
who but wants my freedom
(within the chains of your rules of time)
but will give me solely this reign of fire

then the sprinklers turned on
and I thought to go turn them off
but I rather liked the downpour,
(fighting its way through the smoke-screen of your eyes)
which caused the embers to smoke and hiss
like the frightened cat in the alley last night

will you or will you not
(in your own sense of justice)
allow my own mind to but roam
the distant landscapes within those portraits,
the ones that hang in your living room

and yet it can't and shan't be
for I will become what you refuse
(believing is not deceiving, my darling)
and come running back to the sun
now and forever, my place to exist

but where does that leave you,
begetting from his mind
(other than the lost password to your heart)
the damnation you've deserved from the start
remember to visit me.

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The following comments are for "Justice"
by Reiko Korin

I Loved It!
I absolutely loved this piece. I thought your pacing was perfect, and I could definitely relate to the subject matter. You have an amazing handle on imagery, and that's why I consistently read your stuff first when I visit the site. Once again, great work.

( Posted by: MKMINION [Member] On: July 22, 2002 )

Whitman would be proud
This is an absolutely BEAUTIFUL work of free verse. I feel enlightened for having merely read it. So many emotions tug at me with this piece. Keep up the good work.

( Posted by: the Co.konspirator [Member] On: July 23, 2002 )

I think I rated this piece high because it showed a level of maturity I haven't seen in your work before. I also feel as though you're opening up a little bit more.

( Posted by: MKMINION [Member] On: July 23, 2002 )

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