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Fatal Liaison

A 'femme fatale' needs others to make her so. Her fatal attraction often recoils on her...


This grotto is our carapace -

A place of secret rite,

Of stifled sounds and potent scents,

A single lantern's light.


You come to me,

Yet spiteful shadows

Sour your face.

You speak my name,

But phantoms prowl

Our trysting-place.


An age ago,

You took proud lovers

By the score.

While empires fell,

You remained their super-whore.

c. 2000

You come to me,

Maternal care upon your face.

I call your name,

And beg God grant us

Healing grace...

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Jon Best
Jon Best
Aug 06, 2023

This is glorious

John Dallison
John Dallison
Aug 07, 2023
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😀 Hi, Jon! I'm very glad you liked it... A great deal of work went into achieving it. - The latter three verses are based on an Qffenbach waltz.


Nigel Smith
Nigel Smith
Aug 05, 2023

Different, detail and delight to read, thankyou John, another Belter!


Dawson Stafford
Dawson Stafford
Aug 02, 2023

Femme Fatale through the ages... Brilliant!

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