Neil Ellman ~ The Specter of Sex Appeal

(after the painting by Salvador Dalí)

I

Specter of desire
the female form transformed
by irony
disintegrates to rotten plums
reforms to stone
and then to flesh.

II

Eat, my child,
know the taste of age
woman or man
androgynous fare
warm in the mouth
having eaten
grow.

III

To flesh
and back to stone
and then to rancid fruit
know what age becomes
when memory
and flesh
assume a spectral taste.

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