La Valse, Ni Noble, Ni SentimentaleWaltz or pass a cradling caressFrown or prance, test in tenses pastThickest orchestral gloryingGhosts of war’s transmigrant memesCustoms undressed, immolated, effacedMagical stitches, maddening wistful douleursPanic pickled, swirling hemorrhagingHarmonic goose steps, stiffened spinesSmiling boots glistening in Prussian violinsRecidivist frivolity, for a grand dance or grosse pausePerturbed, blind soldiers hobbling past stretchersKicking the contours, counting the deadMustard gainsAcid garglesYellow vomitMass gravesWorlds of war wedded arms merchantsVirgin tails plucked from the skyMoulins Rouges or pink butterflyDreams and screams in pews and trenchesScar fountains, penny operasEmpires somnambulant, plagued and blackGenocidal vengeance sputtering us allIn Faustian borrowed beard disguises drenchedIn noisy endless macabre rising madnessBedros AfeyanDavies Symphony HallWith Ravel, 2-28-2009
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