Darker Than Coal

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You are the devil, in a little black dress

You are the devil, in a little black dress

You are the devil in a little black dress.

Inside you burns a soul darker than coal.

 

My shine is sucked from me into the holes

of your eyes. Your silence is a list of reasons,

a wet carpet that can’t fly—

 

but I can. Without deference

I spread the pinions of my opinion

and swat down opposition’s debate.

 

Swept into the sky on self-made thermals, I do pirouettes

with sunbeams and waltz with milky moon stone

through lofty epiphany, in and out, in and out of thin air.

 

You are the devil in a little black dress.

Inside you burns a soul darker than coal.

 

An osprey with thunderbird ambition,

an eagle with an Icarus wingspan,

Never look into the sun

 

but how can a peacock bypass his own reflection?

The frost calls to me, as I box with shadows, a deliberate

dancer who courts immortality knowing that

 

bricks, boards and heavy-bags don’t punch back.

Hypnotized by double mirror vision, I ride a comet chard

and punch through the astral loopty-loop to dictate

 

the indecipherable. Chisels of dynamite

strapped to my thighs, I sculpt a frieze infested

with contagious verbiage, set on infecting the future.

 

You are the devil in a little black dress.

Inside you burns a soul darker than coal.

 

From my mind-field I calibrate a personal time

space continuum. Rooted but reaching, a lexicon

climbs the boughs and branches of my psychic canopy.

 

Cockatoos and toucans swoop low through a rain forest

of lucid consciousness, down into the nether realm of the rime

scaled juggernaut. Out from the top of my brain cell ceiling,

 

I am resurrected with cursive dreams set in concrete,

spouting antediluvian lore. Still,

your sickening silence swings like a scythe,

 

slicing through me. The way you smile is cyanide.

In your eyes, I see monstrosity,

a truth darker than coal.

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