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when kindness ensnares me i'll chew off my foot
and cauterize with searing cruelty
i caught her seer's eyes
cruelly
they prophesied my grief
and submission conciliated
character is water but i am a whirlpool
destiny is a sober drunk
a recidivist nonce
a poisoned monk
old stallions once again enslaved
when labels and love inveigle
with loving fables of bridges unburnt
and lessons unlearnt
i slip once more away