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Guillotine
by Karen E Peace
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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Guillotine
 
Marie Antoinette
who lost her head over cake
 
I recall 
 
her poison poise
bowed below the blade.
 
( did i want
 
both black and white,
here and there,
this and that?
 
did i want
to have my cake and eat it too?
 
did i want? )
 
that neck is familiar
waiting there
on the edge between
yes and no 
 
(too much wanting
makes a metamorphosis:
 
that
           strained
        and
     blanched
   thing --   )
 
I own it –
mine.
 
the fragile
 
(when it becomes
arrogant
stupid
or vulnerable)
 
lands here
with nowhere to lay its head
but on this unyielding pillow
 
(now i am no more an island
no more a rock)
 

 
 
i am become that
not too solid flesh
which, when it fails
to melt of its own volition,
 
 
is brought to this place
of beginnings
cut short
 
waiting
 
whose hand holds the catch?
whose would stay the blade's fall?
 
waiting
waiting
waiting
 
when a mere breath
could bring everything to an end
 
July 2, 2006
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