With Apologies to Gogol


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© 2022 Gerard Bellaart
Oneiric: casein tempera
(50×31 cm)

Suddenly I felt
while massaging my skin
the skeleton within.
I felt the skull
the cavity of the nose,
saw my face
and all myself
a noseless skeleton.

To end that way
is undisturbing, but

prematurely
is a different story.

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