VIOLATION

animal
blundered
into a trap

pleading for time
begging for favours
counting the cost

feet beaten
hands shackled
cell stenched
with piss and shit

soul corroded
with
licensed hidden violence

contracted
sudden and unexpectedly
nasty and brutish

here
is a grasping demon
with huge claws
savage and scaly

suspicious
autistic gargoyle
that holds
and lays claim

erupts
crazily
in volcanic
madness

gains ascendancy
seizes fast hold
grows from a little seed of truth
too faint for naked eye

a thicket
of triffid-like bizarreities
that feed
remorselessly

I have been
wrecked before
and this means
at last

to smash
my shell
to fragments
on black reefs

beyond
all hope
of salvage
or reprieve

25th December 1991

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