He breathes sorrow that melts over his furnace

Into crystalline cranberry swans

Caged within a hall of mirrors

Rewarded with sweeping glances

Of the callous aristocracy

And silver-tongued flattery

Inhuman brothers bear the lifeblood

Of a thousand cowards

Who exhibit maroon velvet

To hid trembling hearts.

And the maiden with inky eyes

Snaps his neck like a wineglass stem

Bleeding garnet.

On a moonless night by the canal.