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Phases of Venus

I have swung with Galileo, selling new world

views to lonely sorrowers in the spotlight

of collapsed suns


The conversions are isochronous; from speculation

to contempt with the pull of a string

as the minds are drawn back


It’s easier to tuck heresies between my legs

one hundred at a time

than to tumble these crumbling towers


Regardless of weight, worth or birth

all things fall

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