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Curse

by Frank Bidart

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May breath for a dead moment cease as jerking
your
head upward you hear as if in slow motion floor
collapse evenly upon floor as one hundred and ten
floors descend upon you.

May what you have made descend upon you. 5
May the listening ears of your victims their
eyes their
breath

enter you, and eat like acid
the bubble of rectitude that allowed you
breath.

May their breath now, in eternity, be your
breath.
10

Now, as you wished, you cannot for us
not be. May this be your single profit.

Of your rectitude at last disenthralled, you
seek the dead. Each time you enter them

they spit you out. The dead find you are not
food. 15
Out of the great secret of morals, the imagination
to enter
the skin of another
, what I have made is a curse.