encountering dali’s emaciated nude

salvador dalí. geopoliticus child, 1943

[verses/versus]

ENCOUNTERING DALI’S EMACIATED NUDE

Forgive me
If my bare
Nakedness

Frightened you.
It was just
That I, too,

Had to change
Sometimes, and
It did not

Quite help that
We shared the
Same small lair—

Privy as
You are and
Innocent

To the world,
And I, sin
And scandal

Most foul: You
Could have shut
Your eyes, turned

Away, wrapped
Your face with
A shawl, yet

Even as
I stood there,
Stripped to my

Final skin,
You chose to
Take it all

In, like a
Child before
A naked

Christ, to stare
Without at
All blinking

[from the six-book poetry collection “mantra.x” (book ii: jesus lizard), circa 1988, by titus toledo]

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image credit: salvador dalí. geopoliticus child, 1943

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