Manal Universe




You hate me and I hate you

 And we are so polite, we two!


But whenever I see you, I burst apart

 And scatter the sky with my blazing heart.

 It spits and sparkles in the stars and balls,

 Buds into roses – and flares, and falls.




Scarlet buttons, and pale green disks,

 Silver spirals and asterisks,

 Shoot and tremble in a mist

 Peppered with mauve and amethyst.


I shine in the windows and light up the trees,

 And all because I hate you, if you please.


And when you meet me, you rend asunder

 And go up in a flaming wonder

 Of saffron cubes, and crimson moons,

 And wheels all amaranths and maroons.


Golden lozenges and spades

 Arrows of malachites and jades,

 Patens of copper, azure sheaves.

 As you mount, you flash in the glossy leaves.


Such fireworks as we make, we two!

 Because you hate me and I hate you.




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