REACH FOR THE RAZOR OR THE PEN?
GRAB THE DIE TO AVOID THE CHOICE,
THROW A SIX AND THE BIRO’S VICTORIOUS
A THREE MEANS THE GAME IS CUT SHORT
AND THE CUT IS PROLONGED.
DON’T CLOSE YOUR EYES AND TRY TO CHEAT THE IVORY
IT LANDS WITH A CRASH ON THE OAKEN SURFACE,
THE TRIO OF DOTS TAUNTING YOU AS IT COMES TO REST.
NO NEW TOMES WILL GET WRITTEN TONIGHT,
LEST THE COLLECTOR COMES AND SKINS ME ALIVE
SELLING MY LATEST SHORT IN ITS ORIGINAL PRESSING,
WHICH MAY LACK BEAUTY ON THE SHELF
– BUT BEAUTY FOLDS TO UGLINESS, INTO ITSELF.

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