He Was So Beautiful

He Was So Beautiful
(After Alice Paalen)

He was so beautiful
every day
his smooth brown face
his hair cropped close
silver and coal
stolen from narrowed eyes
from looks of scorn

amid the cypress
he walked next to water
the egrets nest hidden

secrets are beautiful
between four lips
three black words
on a crumpled white page
in a pocket in a drawer

so many wings
unable to fly

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