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Dark Stranger

You whoever you are

you have taken my love away

you have entered my soul like a stranger


like a stranger clothed in darkness

an oil spill from my shipwrecked love

you have entered my heart


like a lump of tar inside my shell

dark stranger and instead of a pearl

I find in the chamber of my throbbing


a growing lump of black


Tomorrow I shall go down to the sea

open my shell a chink, wash your gloom

from my heart.  Dark stranger


whoever you are, return to the depths

to the bones of wrecks sinking in the silt

tomorrow I will be freed of you


as my body splits empty on a sun baked shore

bleached free of darkness, free of love

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