Shall we play that game that is all the rage
because of that book.
You know the book I mean?
I shall be Mistress,
and you shall be my willing
I have this collar of velvet,
and a leash of silk.
Over there, that divan is covered in fur
as soft as down–I will
lay your naked body face down,
and make you do
I must warn you, though–
I am descended from Machiavelli and De Sade,
and my interpretation of those shades will be a harder kind of
way beyond the sparkle of twilight.
I rejoice in thinking of you
without disharmony, —
in the ability of knowing
you no longer
own my most painful
rejection, my foolishness of heart,
that thought I held that I was something in your nothingness.
I can accept that I was a
stepping stone, a conquering underneath
to a higher plane of existence,
to memory long forgotten before
my perfume left your pillow.
Nov-92, revised 11–9-14
She thought, perhaps, the world
might end if she wasn’t perfect–
if she didn’t do as
She tested her theory
with a straying of the heart.
And, of course, the world did not end.
She wondered if, perhaps, she wasn’t quite
unperfect enough to test the theory,
there were further indiscretions,
the world was still standing.
Or so it seemed.
She thought, perhaps, the world would end
if she was less than perfect.
And, perhaps, it did.
For my Pokemon friends.
Japanese animation and video games have a long-standing tradition of creating cute and/or super powered versions of prominent figures from the country’s history. In the U.S., we don’t really do this as often, and you might jump to the conclusion that the deck is stacked in Japan’s favor, seeing as how so many of their rulers were also katana-carrying samurai.
But dig a little deeper and you’ll find plenty of action protagonist potential among American presidents, from Abraham Lincoln’s wrestling skills to Andrew Jackson’s well-documented love of shooting dudes. And as for making them adorable? Leave that to Utah artist Brandon Dayton, who’s reimagined nine Pokémon as U.S. heads of state.
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