koi carp

just
under the surface
a show of shining perfection
tranquil
pure beauty

it is a shame

scales
as on a dragon
puffing fire, brimstone in myth
fairy-tale
cover flesh

it is a waste

face
rearing up for air
oblique bubbles breaking surface
water
streaming tears

miraculous

girl
growing from nothing
in warm wet culture of cells and
glowing
this makes you

it is a myth

you
under the surface
groaning in silence uh uh uh
shining
your beauty:

is only shame.

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koi carp

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