Monday, 16 September 2013


Why did you 
Seek me out?
Why did you
Open wide
Invite me in?

Was it a game 
To see me unshelled?
The armoured Mantis
With the avid claws
And the prismatic eyes
Bewildered by your
Dazzling dark?

Why did you
Bind me free and
Leave me gagged
On a new song?

Go stay away
As you have withdrawn
From me the presence
Of your revealing shadow

Why did you? Why
Whet my mind-appetite?
Was it a joy to you
To say "I see you"
To the blind?

To see me unfold in joyous dance
All feeling and rainbow bright
Suddenly to fall in mid-flight?

Manuela Cardiga                                                      

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