Darla Bites Angel (Rabbi Ben Ezra by Robert Browning)

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by Brenda Daverin

Stay young along with me!
The best is yet to be.
This cold unlife, from which your life was made:
Our time is in our hands
I said, "Forget your plans,
Youth stays with us; drink blood; kill all, be not afraid!"
Rich fount of life indeed,
On which we're formed to feed,
O blood, to solely seek and find and feast:
Such feasting ended, then
To feast again on men
Irks care the sanguine mouth? Frets doubt the heme-crammed beast?
I fixed you midst this dance
Of plastic circumstance
This Present, I, forsooth, wouldst fain arrest:
Machinery just meant
To free thy soul's true bent
Drain thee and turn thee forth, sufficiently distressed.
So, take and use my work!
Ignore what flaws may lurk,
What strain o' the stuff, what warpings past the aim!
Your times be in thy hand!
Drink from the cup of Man!
Let death preserve thy youth, and blood replete the same!

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