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Wrapped in a silken swathe of old world sin

That can't escape the privilege of rank

A secret present more than just a dance

Made more salacious by seductive wine

An incarnation of undying lust

Floating in air behind temptations veils

As ardour grows and reason fails

In tales more plentiful than motes of dust


Till naked in that land of no return

Inhabited by maggots and lost souls

Bereft of wiles and all those worldly charms

That quieted unquietable qualms

Stands lost in contemplation of two holes

Whose once-lived eyes beheld their bright new dawn

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Geoff, this is a most provocative, masterfully crafted sonnet. Salome in the arts is always intriguing. The octet is itself like a painting, but a poem can take things to the next level. You do that in the sestet. Thank you for showcasing this here.


Here is a link to an index of my works on this site: tonyv's Member Archive topic

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Thank you Tony. I confess this has been on my "easel" for a while waiting for suitable embellishment. There's more I'd originally intended to relate re: human behaviour though Oscar Wilde and others have already trodden that well worn path. G.

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  • 5 months later...
David W. Parsley

Revisiting this provocative piece with its whispers of the Dance of the Seven Veils.  Keep posting, Geoff.

 - Dave

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