(Ethos

missing the tip
of her nose

slanted cheekbones behind fur

she stiffens my spine into leaving the bed we’ve never shared

photograph of Athena, 400 B.C.

ancient marble reaches across centuries to contradict our people:
“the Ideal cannot be manifested”

Honor the lucidity of certain objects: feather, diamond rose
and others now fallen through the sieve my memory has fought
against becoming

Once, you hovered —
you desired this knowledge:
How long can idealism be maintained?

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