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Your Idea of Embracing Horror

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Your idea of embracing horror
was overwhelmed by the horror:

                                                                                  in the mild
milkiness of the afternoon, on the bluff
that commands a vision of bank towers
knifing up far higher than the rising, empty
shell of the moon ... on the height where you stand
and still can't understand your life
as anything but slow dying, your time seeps out
as into a warm bath, the way the exemplary career
of Petronius the Just—pornographer and satirist-
once leaked away.


Albert Frank Moritz, "Your Idea of Embracing Horror" from Houseboat on the Styx. Copyright © 1998 by Albert Frank Moritz.  Reprinted by permission of Ekstasis Editions.
Source: Houseboat on the Styx (Ekstasis Editions, 1998)
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