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Jekyll and Hyde

Nature in her wisdom has created
bitch twins which war before, behind, one mind;
here, p[r]etty grace, there peerless face some find.
Few sonneteers false charms have celebrated.
Superficial gloss deceives. As stated,
above, fair features mask Hyde hid behind,
foiling heart, whose coils seem serpentined,
motives murky, joy soon dissipated.
Reflect on shine whose light seems calculated
to serve as shield behind an iron blind,
unsated floe on salt sea floats unkind.
Etched is this portrait, equal loved and hated.
Captivated, some serve both, but why
seem some men, pawns, dream drawn to mirage eye?

Heart hides. Part blue, part gold, horizons hold
Youth's buttterfly Time soon consumes, age burns.
Dreams dance between the two as one discerns
Earth, air, fire, water balanced team enfold,
Juxtaposed, all elements enrolled.
Each mirrors all men think their need, greed earns;
Knowledge for some, for others lust that churns,
Yearns extra years, or blots hot tears untold.
Lotus position peace projects, on hold
Linger longing, flood, drought, doubt returns
Haunting all who seek selfish concerns
Yet, stretching to take, sketch their heart-ache. Young, old,
Drawn into self-made snare where sot and sage,
Entrapped, must pay the piper, pen Fate's page.

Submitted: Monday, November 18, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, November 19, 2013


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(20 April 1991 revised 3 January 2009 and 16 December 2011)

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