The Sensual Being Foresees No Change


[The Eye of Silence, Max Erst, 19943]

The Sensual Being Foresees No Change

–mickey morgan

She has AIDS.

Lying tired day after day,

unresistant to swarms

of in;sects wheeling like efficient machines

ready to plant death under her skin

and then take it to another sensual being.

The bloodthirsty stab

as she lies in the hammock,

a miniature insertion

so like the grander ones

of before–craving more and many,

filling her bodily hollow in spasms

of moments, never enough–

I watch her and resolve

never to make love, never

to tremble with indiscriminate need,

knowing our affliction

is not so easily purged.


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