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an early poem

This useless suffering

that strains to pull away

and pulls you with it.

 Only cards, your card:

 

Inevitable flowers

near a girl’s lips

pouting slightly

and her nostrils testifying

to a hidden perfume

neither of us knows;

 

a man whose blurred face

forces me to trace its lines

and lose them under paler shades

indefinitely fading…..

 

Only words, three fives,

and finally your message:

painted masks

could not destroy it.

 

I force words, proudly boast

the nothing.

 

Only you,

your voice, your love in gifts:

expressionless, expressive.

 Diamonds crack.

(from "Poems People Liked (2)")

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