The Harlot’s Wage

The Harlot’s Wage

World, as you crush my life
Upon your naked breast,
I love and hate you.
With this double-sided coin
Of Janus emotion,
I pay your harlot’s wage.

And we are Ram and Ravanna
Merging into one in our rage.
Good and evil both:
Good transforming evil,
And life transforming death.

I seem myself at times as one
At times as other,
Reflected darkly in your glass.

(written May 13, 2006)

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