Posted by: David Harley | June 29, 2013


Light-years on from the spotlights
I throw away the Euterpean* masks
moulded by years of habit
to the mask beneath

and lie
naked to your afterthoughts
to your grave eyes
peeling the flesh
from my mantic** skeleton

I lie
immunologically nude***

feeding off
my regenerating defences


Originally published in Chaff 4
Copyright David Harley, 1987

*Euterpe was the Muse of music and lyric poetry
**having or endowing the power of divination
***refers to a strain of immunodeficient mice used in immunological research.

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