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Seppuku

by John Ilotan



Kneeling before you
i plead
a suplicant

and with swift
samurai strokes
i slice myself
open
from abdomen to sternum
quickly
spilling my insides out
on a cold white floor
a steaming evisceral mess
displayed at your feet
staining your pretty-painted
toenails

all for your pleasure
and enjoyment

11/05/2003

Posted on 11/06/2003
Copyright © 2020 John Ilotan

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Vimal Rony on 11/08/03 at 08:17 AM

Very powerful piece,John.Great write.

Posted by Thomas K. Hunt on 11/08/03 at 07:29 PM

Yes, there are those times when you have to open yourself up and lay everything out there....love the imagery...well done

Posted by Maryellen Lebeda-Parra on 11/09/03 at 07:13 PM

i always love your magic words ... in this case, magic seems tragic.

Posted by Mara Meade on 11/10/03 at 04:24 PM

My mind went immediately to Yukio Mishima's "Patriotism." This is very vivid, very visceral.

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