lest it be forgotten yet again
feign no presence, coutenance abscind
toss your affections into the wind and
accept your hideous form in the skin

in the flesh, incarnate. dark and scarlet
to pretend otherwise is to play the harlot
is to lie both ways, in mind, in market
to present yourself, an unmoving target.

lies of no guise are the first steps to hell
know this now that time doth tell
that tattle tales tell stories well
and retribution reads it all in braille

-m.p. 10/21/2016