pale gold lit
the sun has been caged
just for me

unidentified birds trill
yellow and pink rose beds beam like tarts
cheap perfume and tattered petals
powdered up with chalk and arsenic

circling a grotesque fountain
flaking cherubs swivel and aim
tiny bows
eyes blackened like broken dolls

verdigris seahorses rear up
parched and desperate
hot breath foaming from
wild flaring nostrils

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