Saint Munditia

(in the Peterskirche, Munich)

Your lurid leer, dear, caught me unprepared.
O how unsubtly your lusty grin
Conveys for me the rude results of sin!
I scarcely could have guessed how much you cared.

With gems for teeth and eyes, you simply glared
Till I was mesmerized, yes, quite done in
By your Blake’s-Tyger orbs and fleshless chin.
Sad centuries seemed to drift past as I stared

At you, supine there like a concubine,
A lover lounging on her lush divan
As I stood cowed and under her control.

Will we meet Death by such unsought design,
Unmanned, with hardly time to think or plan,
Consumed, whole, by her far greater soul?





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William Ruleman is Professor of English at Tennessee Wesleyan College, where he teaches a wide range of courses, including creative writing and literature, with a specialization in modern poetry in English. His poems have appeared in Acumen, Candelabrum, East River Review, The New Formalist, The Sonnet Scroll, The Galway Review, and Poetry Salzburg Review.