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A visual cacophony

This beautiful thing

To die a violent death could


an end to this begin-


A dismal dismantling

Of internal organs

weighed and measured to the gram

the victim courtesy of Rant © 2010

stuffed back into an empty cavity where they’d remain



.Unadorned but for cotton bracelets

and zip lock bags.

!A macabre fresco of


stretch marks,

Rant Poet © 2010



and moles;

photographed and inspected as if the person that once lived


would have wished

but to be carved apart

Like a corn-fed turkey.

blood drained and a second-rate cosmetologist attempts to restore a corpse by caking on theater make-up that lingers in fingernails and wrinkles and rolls.

Ushered into uncomfortable pews

they tried not to laugh at the


Original Rant

that sort of resembled someone they used to know.

The family

of    A living memory of this dead thing

To live in those that loved

the two sides of Rant © 2010

Until they too were just a beautiful ugly thing

Then just a name

On a mailing list.

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