Bracelet

What coloured ribbons decorate your wrist!

Such browns, such pinks, such varied hues I see,

Such winding intricacies, sharply lined,

And such a bracelet crowns a treasury!

I fain can think of what mysterious beast

Gave birth to treasures such as this: surely

Some magic must have washed this visual feast?

Oh! jewel! Such refined delicacy!

A closer look reveals the truth! O terror!—

The care you spurn, in your unending pain!

What part of you harbours such shocking strife?

O holy blood! O willing flesh, in error!

What scarrèd being seized your mind again?

What beauty’s gained, with flesh under the knife?

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