“Blood Ballet” – Haiku III

[Note – Blood Ballet contains moderate dark content, such as violence, themes of depression, and imagery that may be sensitive or disturbing to some.]

21—
Innocent bondage
Pink lips speak sensual pain
Juxtaposition

22—
Smothered in the sand
Crushed in the hourglass cinch
Like salt and mica


23—
Remnants of small wars
Stronghold shell, tomb of the fields
Mankind’s offering

24—
Rotating wildly
Amputee machine struggles
Against its restraints

25—
Opera miasma
Thick seepage webs the victims
For conjoined horror

26—
The pit of hand-raised
Pathologic animals
Raw meat ripped from flesh

27—
Blood blots on parchment
The comfort of suicide
Until bones beckon

28—
Ear-splitting silence
In the padded corner writhes
Rejected half-born

29—
Cuts on chained woman
Thin wounds which speak centuries
Decay of virtue

30—
Dance of impaling
Sword punctures stomach lining
The sunlight burns out

Copyright © S. M. Shuford 2018
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