Harlequin Friend

Ne’er on my shoulder

Need wrap insincere your arm

Vaudevillian hook

Eyes wide and grinning

Hide the haunting, piercing gaze

Adder’s judging stare

Beam not your false smile

Hiding fangs behind your lips

Bloody stapled heart

Scant words hold tenor

Thoughts of hate bellowed off key

Untuned piano

Breath falling like leaves

Lies leaping from crooked tree

Exhausted blue smoke

You offer no fruit

Even with boughs teasing low

Parched and barren land

What need be for you

Cunning mask never broken

A harlequined friend

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