DUPLICITY
John Messenger

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In the anatomy of a decision
these cysts have been pernicious.
Wrapping half
way around my will,
the growth of fear
from pain
and guilt.

It thinks itself me
and spreads –
and it grows more hands
and it grows more heads –

and now I can yell at myself,
and carry a stick for if I don’t listen.

There is no way to win
when the will is lost
to the ways of the world outside,

and the cells of the self
never cease
to divide.

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