I tip the crystal goblet of my soul
And pour out the water of mercy
But it cuts like exploding shrapnel
The parched face of the thirsty.
I take off my warm overcoat
Wrap it ‘round the bones of Humanity
But the skeleton whips out a dagger
And stabs me with insanity.
I bring a slice of unleavened bread
Close to a toothless mouth agape
But there spring rows of sharp teeth
That bite me, as were I a sweet grape.
I make out menacing clouds above,
Pale magicians riding gathering-storms,
Their flight unfolding a black shroud,
Their laughter shooting borer-worms.
Topic(s) of this poem: evil, insensitivity
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