Your last image (of me) was
beauty, with lusty
curls and burgeoning
lips and a body
like a rocket
or a firework   that burned you
when you went too near

Now I’ve hit the earth,
and here we are, an ugly pair!
My lice-laced locks,
teeth whittled to stumps and
body unpleasantly slick with secretion—
And you are no better—

Sparse beard,
hair longer than mine,
and so dirty—
I could scrub us both until
we bled and still we’d be stained


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