The Lovers

For Kerry’s Art Prompt at Real Toads, using a pen and ink drawing from her journal.  NOTE: I have been reading Yeats steadily for a month.


The Dystopian Tarot, The Lovers
Kerry O’Connor


The Lovers
“You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.” Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

you spoke softly and offered me the world –
the world in a piece of fruit,
the world in a stroke of flesh,
the world in touch of tongue against tongue.
we sensed the wrongness
and yet –
we continued to nibble.
we broke the skin on the fruit
and sucked the juice.
we lay in each other’s arms
staring up at the virgin moon
and the untested stars.
in our ignorance we thought we
would live forever –
but our hearts grew weary and we died.
the news was simulcast to the world.

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