imperative as innocence,
                                    you beguiled me
with promise,
                 never to part
until we foresaw
                        the beyond,
and then reluctant
                          to leave memory
behind and beneath.
                           the old gods
resurrected
               in the grave of wonder,
supplanting supposition
                               with hope,
and all the other
                         superstitions
of trust.
             stripping the veil
from your virginity,
                            i slept
with the other lovers
                             you betrayed,
nodding off
               into the knowing unconsciousness.