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Portrait, Sacred and Profane

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Portrait, Sacred and Profane

A heart quite overpoured is mine.
It replicates the breath
inspiring purity and art
with just a piquancy of lust,
expiring endings of romance
and promises, 
of wisdom in the dance
that holds decorum back
and celebrates the wilds
of fancy, balanced by
excursions of the moment
into love.

Two natures reach
across the table of my life,
and at the moment they are friends.
They vie for some ascendancy
but give no thought
to final victory;  it is a badinage
with no superior but for
the instant flashing of reality,
the fleeting smile of tolerance,
the protocol of dreams.

And then the desert wind comes up
and passion flares.  Sirocco dares
to cross the sea and steam my body, 
yield, invoke the sanctity of art,
and bowdlerize the arcane glory
of desire.  Thoughts of transcendence
intertwine the carnal heat, and I,
aware there are two men
who ride the storm within me,
may relish laughter
in my quest for peace
           ~

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