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I must be careful. I am too in touch

with the wild. The wild in me. There are fish


that dream under the black ice. I would clutch

them, suck on their spines, for I am ghoulish


when it comes to design. I was designed

for ill. Ill use. Ill skill. My misshapen


passions, after a fashion — thick as rind,

hard as crust — follow all that is heathen:


cast out. No Eden for me. Hoar frost — hot,

hairy, bad — runs wild in me. I would taint


you. Besmirch your faith the way that the ice

lulls the fish to sleep. To leave you distraught;


leave you wanting. I shall betray your faint

faith in love. Love is no virtue. It’s vice.