My vixen, I too was once the “poète
assassiné.” There in the hazel grove’s
dark cave, in the hollow left by the blazing fire,
a sequined tondo set your face aflame
then drifted back down, slowly,
along its chosen way until it met
an aureole, dissolving there; while I prayed,
longing for the end with that downward
sign of your life, unconfined, bitter,
agonizingly frail, but strong.