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One of the Disappeared

Of all your dreams now toppled like

ancient Babylon into the sand ,

there is one that you embrace

with a certain ambiguity ;

a necklace of capillaries circled

by the intimate knife that sheds

your life’s delusions in a

welter of sacrificial blood ;

the Purple raiment unresponsive

to your gasping Salve Mia

the unerring blade elicits

the evocation of a name

heretofore denied by your own

discarded testimony ;

In vain your acquired hypocrisy

seeks a reprieve before

the primal scream

brings you face to face

with your own denouement .

Sentence

Outside,
a long grey morning lingers,
its slow light trickling
into the cell;
yawning awake and staring back
from an indifferent mirror,
a face dragged from
penultimate sleep,to shave
and breakfast then read a paper
whose pictures and words
soon crack and crumble
back into the slow
grey here and now;
Down a long corridor of noise,
a clock’s pitiless circumference
recites the rote of measured steps
toward a room where witnesses
leaf through butterfly-winged pages
of small neat Bibles,in anticipation
of the impartial,unhurried
Order of Service;
Valves,transparent tubing,leather restraints;
50mg.sodium thiopentol,to induce unconsciousness,
10mg.pencronium bromide,to stop respiration,
20mg.potassium chloride,to stop the heart;
Outside,the long grey morning lingers.