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I.

She will be given

his veins in a knot; on a platter,

his crimson-apple heart.

Mad love's sacrifices.

II.

Her eyes:

closed books.

He tried to keep busy.

III.

Perhaps she was afraid of love.

She sat in a ruined palace

beautiful as a dove.

Its shadow-shapes might

have been anything.

He has sent her a note from a distance.




Cythera's "Village of the Mermaids, a Painting by Paul Delvaux" appeared in The 2006 Rhysling Anthology: The Best Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Poetry of 2005; and her poem "White-Snow" received Honorable Mention in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2006: 19th Annual Collection.
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