Flesh and Desire – A Cento

dear doll made soft

fleshy marionette in the window, dancing

don’t display what people desire

recognize beauty and ugliness is born

let thy actions then be pure, free from the bonds of desire.

thy birth was after the birth of the sun: the birth of the sun was before thine.

my darling, my darkening sky. you can’t buy

just sweetness

the animal rose and gave itself a new name.

it is called the mysterious female

the magic where the streetlights turn the snow pink lasts only

Works Cited

Choi, Franny. Death by Sex Machine. Sibling Rivalry Press, LLC, 2017.

Choi, Franny. Soft Science. Alice James Books, 2019.

Churchill, C. Petals of the Moon. C. Churchill, 2019.

Lao-Tzu. Tao Te Ching.

Translated by Stephen Addiss & Stanley Lombardo. Shambhala Publications, Inc., 2007.

The Bhagavad Gita. Penguin Classics, Penguin Books, 1962.

Poems Included

Bhagavad Gita 3:9

Bhagavad Gita 4:4

A Brief History of Cyborgs. Death by Sex Machine. Choi, Franny.

Crescent, pg. 50. Petals of the Moon. Churchill, C.

Letter to Chi. Death by Sex Machine. Choi, Franny.

& O Bright Star of Disaster, I Have Been Lit. Soft Science, Choi, Franny.

The Price of Rain. Death by Sex Machine. Choi, Franny.

Snow Moon. Soft Science. Choi, Franny.

Tao Te Ching, Ch. 2

Tao Te Ching, Ch. 3

Tao Te Ching, Ch. 6

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