Sacred and Secular Elegies

Sacred and Secular Elegies

Sacred and Secular Elegies

Sacred and Secular Elegies

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The beast with the Nero's head and the heart like
Hospitals where the unlucky lie at rest,
Whom Love has seven-tongued so that he can speak
And to the idolatrous sacrifice attest,
I held his hand and took him through the dark
Because the spectre leads the suicide best.

How can the heart breathe but through the cicatrice
Where, niched like Eros, the absent figure stood?
They go because they must. Near us existence
Is red and dangerous with donated blood.
The innocent the beautiful and the good
Come up to us with myrtles. Who has not found
Lips, sins, masks, kingdoms on his doorstep shed
By those whose loss the guilty poem mourned?

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