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f MichelAn

The name signed
           in the blood of the Baptist
he who would prepare the way
           the tongue of truth
silenced forever
           the burial of knowledge
the word extinguished
           the struggle between
light and darkness
a life led on the edge
           turmoil consigned
to canvas
           every portrait
a self narrative
by a venal dancer
           violation of violence
the sad geometries
           of repression
right angles
           the steel lattice
the arc of defeat
           a price on his head
the imprisoned mind
           29 August 1608
he who lived
           by the sword
innocence of art

John Lyons

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