i am the beauty and the beast

an individuated Janus


always trying

to find my way

down the path between them

live too long with the beast

and beauty becomes a nagging useless thing

something that needs to be taught a lesson

a jack boot in the face

live too long with beauty

and she will blind you

with visions of worlds unknown

sing her siren songs

lips close to your ear

while the beast that never sleeps

plots chaos and destruction

to know this

is to know

that the beauty and the beast

ever dance their dance

and you are they

they are you

Copyright Michael Douglas Scott