Arbor Day

wide open falsehood
the clan destine truths
rival till the end
in a series of duels
pardon the drapery language I choose


Waltz in Vienna has taught me to use
every tall room a fiction
leather bound treasure books
up to the ceiling
gold spine upon spine


the guile and the treason
the faith and allegiance


wide open falsehood
the clan destine truths
rival till the end
in a series of duels
pardon the drapery language I choose


the author grew fat to imagine
his lead pen careening
gave voice to the scheming
an Aryan cabale to dethrone


the guile and the treason
the faith and allegiance
to the empire unknown


the baron and his mistress
dine in fine banquet hall
as rebel insurgents plot in
the attic space crawl


wide open falsehood
the clan destine truths
rival till the end
in a series of duels
pardon the drapery language I choose


his small hand did strive
to explain all the
rants and raves of
a people enslaved


by the cant of the shrewdest
capable men


the guile and the treason
the faith and allegiance
now lie in my hand


the guile and the treason
the faith and allegiance
now lie in my hand

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