Idol

Octopus ink – the melodic words of some long-forgotten
god
staining greedy fingers and otherwise empty minds –
“Heaven has been vacated! Let us be consumed by the Devil!”

The overwhelming permanence of the poet
immortalised
in phrases unwritten for 10, 20, 100 years.

Octopus ink – intentions strewn
carelessly
beliefs misinterpreted by the uninformed –
“A quote from the beginning of life must be definitive!”

Words once carved with the ultimate
heartbreak/melancholy/despair
scrutinised through a microscope lens.

Blood, sweat, tears are disregarded for an impressive retort
and a smug smile.

What once expressed now condemns.
Octopus ink lost in tempestuous waves.

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