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the tale of steamclock and blackmouth girl
Inuki

brickwork clock tower
 1
monitoring six million heartbeats
 2
in a moment
 3
they all stopped with a flash,
 4
steam escaped its lips
 5
like a bedraggled chain-smoker.
 6
 
 
the hope oozed out in drool
 7
as saliva drained
 8
from the gaunt girl,
 9
her plastic hands
 10
drawing open the dark hole
 11
of her gaping mouth.
 12
 
 
wrinkled lips lay on the floor
 13
and the stench of chloroform
 14
pervaded everywhere.
 15
 
 
the social experiment
 16
was a success
 17
it proved humanity to be
 18
a dismal failure.
 19
 
 
and the clock tower
 20
wailed for the
 21
wide-mouthed girl
 22
who crept along
 23
piles of lungs
 24
searching for the strands
 25
of black hair she was losing.
 26
 
 
in the morning parlor
 27
gray light filtered
 28
through soft white curtains
 29
as she sat before the mirror,
 30
brushing back her hair
 31
and trying to ignore
 32
the shadows of her child
 33
on the floor.
 34

23 Jan 07


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