denying my weaknesses
even now

as I peel

*   *   *

ascribing the heavenly

I’ve sought only loveliness
or brilliance

less stable than marble

guilty, all the same
to be
uniformly repulsed by deformity

transitory beauty cloaks
impending hideousness
of the flesh

though I’ve been so famished for affection
and tenderness

to be blinded
in my transgressions

as by a blister

*   *   *

who would not doubt, considering all the evidence
in lonesome infidelity
without an angelic trance

on waterless ground

Poem copyright 2016 by Jnana Hodson
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