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By her tongue, honey gold, Tipped with steel lashes; Eyes behold with narrowed ire, Stinging welts; and crashes Through the barrier of skin, The naked perimeter fence, A culture clashes in some Past or present tense. Substituting words to heal With jackal-lipped unkindness, Juxtaposing dark for light, My love accepted blindness At each and every stroke, By her tongue, poison black; I forgive and kiss her lips For all the times she took it back.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2005

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