Paradise flocks. Christ is blessing Adam, Eve
and, looking our way, us. We know, we
know – but a dirty trick to make evil
interesting! Lords and ladies teem: nude
armies on sensual manoeuvres.
In the nightmare, penis becomes knife, vulva
a cracked, open egg on tree-like legs –
and a man, elbow on the cut-away edge,
is unmoved. Hells’ punishments become our
crimes: towns burn; refugees drown; a man
is crucified in a harp. Hell’s commandants
play sonatas – and someone watches
and is indifferent.
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