by Christina Conrad
Portrait of a Stone King

"for Stoneking (born august 31, 1947) -- 1994"

night before your birthday
night without stars
I have painted the box
box of life & death
the night before your birthday
the box of life & death is open

You are afraid in your 47th year
torn from waters where you sailed in
your mothers high walled tomb
graven before spirit
Your eye magnified
trapped in a body
you were never sure was yours
she fixed a bonnet
on your head
you tore it off
she put it on

"Stoneking -- 1994"

born last day of august
falling out of fire into earth
ah how cold your feet
galloping over under
a mystical body
revered in the sight of
love under darks
cloak you grope

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