15: control’s temptations

I worry being
controlled and
predicated
by my clichés
and desires           
as much as by
the whispered
fears of others
it would be easy
to submit
to the passion
to stop the self-
evisceration
and trouble
myself no more
with doubts
and questions
but I would
rather dance
precariously
along a wire
each step mine
and only mine
bloodied and maimed
than chained
to the hedonistic
whims of comfort
or hollow fame
(from a work in progress: “Arcana,” November 11, 2013)

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