"Poor people" they were called
cast as carrying around
emotions that belonged
to others who were served
for some reason

A rich person said
to have "come from nothing"
had erased the past
so all skin felt smooth
and offspring smelled perfumed
not one ancestral downbeat
survived the shift in principles

Now surfaces define the encore
brazen arms that answer to the sun
are soft beneath raw silk
that feels curiously warm
mad passionate love, the signature
retreat from locales zoned like Topsy.


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