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A Portrait

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Only a diamond
left lying on black velvet
shines
like her almost singing eyes.

The unfocussed white
of her porcelain body
torments, like lilac petals
in dying moonlight.

And if her arms are gentle wax, their
blood flows just as hot
as the eternal candle
in front of Mary’s icon face.

And she is all so light, like an
autumn bird
ready, oh ready to say goodbye
to a sad northern country.

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