After Viewing Helnwein’s Epiphany II

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Enraptured
mouths agape, they gaze
on the child.

They don’t see her ivory breasts.

Gleaming virginity
eludes Aryan dreams
as she presents them with their
Destiny.

With shadowed arm,
in the harsh glow of
klieg-light,
he teaches them to
submit.

They cannot know
how quickly falls
night’s
blackest pall.

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Image: Gottfried Helnwein, Epiphany II, deYoung Museum, San Francisco

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