The Leak in the Ramparts by Colin Dodds

The Leak in the Ramparts

The man on the beach becomes
all the splendor horror seen imagined
and eventually everything else too

And so built a rampart against sympathy
took asylum in knowing one thing
and forgetting almost everything else

The ramparts perspire waterproof water
reality-proof reality, where the idle hours
crowd with episodes of suicidal eroticism

The cloud-reflected light of the voluntary coast
undulates with exploitation betrayal
and sweaty redemptive cannibalism

Each hired nightmare raises the ramparts
to heights only animals and infants
seem to surmount

©Colin Dodds 2017

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