the last sin
  pale ashen sky
a bleary eye
clouds of recurring screams...
i am a zoo
  an octopus leviathan
tentacles into an ocean
of unformed emotions...
syphilis and love  
  syphilitic pall
stifles the clear blue
i contort...
shell and pearl
  amidst highs and lows
in life's ocean flows
a shell peony-mouthed...
i am an unmarried mother
  fed on stings
of barbed milk morality
my child-plankton...
the lovers
  cell upon cell
bridge of their union
hung on the pillars...
  ogre of age
and time cavil
at a warm picture...
the young today
  innocence thaws
at the altar
of ambition...

shell and pearl

amidst highs and lows
in life’s ocean flows
a shell peony-mouthed
with passion of creation
a seed form
an individual
she feeds her unborn on her blood

ticking in her womb
the life
in fetal realization
throws its unformed arms
reaching out
to her touch

forgive the tired poet’s skepticism
that all aqueous drops need not be pearls
trust the blossom of kernel
in a mothered chaff