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  Mary Kane - a dark poem by Australian poet Graeme King - funny poems, sad poems, serious poems and romantic poems. Poems for children, nature poems and environment poems, flash poetry, fantasy poems, funny limericks and more ©kingpoetry2007.



Mornings bring an urge I know from old and must defeat,

Night falls and I feel denial wane;

Then I see myself outside a bar upon a street,

Somewhere in the bar is Mary Kane.


Hair as black as carnal sin and eyes of heartache blue,

Lips so soft as drive a man insane;

Happy one could die if on your coffin someone drew:

“Spent one night on Earth with Mary Kane.”


I was not some country hick, I knew the city’s score,

Many men I’d watched go down the drain;

Screaming love for some old painted up, pathetic whore,

Things were different with Mary Kane.


Bubbling like a champagne cocktail, sitting close to me,

Perfume such that caused my chest to pain;

Cigarettes and whispers from this angel on my knee,

Love songs in my ear by Mary Kane.


Rum can make one careless and defenses undermine,

Sending siren’s songs that warp the brain;

When she looked at me my heart was turned into a shrine

Dedicated to my Mary Kane.


Every day I told myself ‘This wasn’t what you planned”

All my instincts told me to refrain;

On the thirteenth night I knelt and asked her for her hand,

Be my love forever, Mary Kane.


How the gun got in my hand I guess I’ll never know,

Shots rang out, an echoing refrain;

Laughter stilled as bullets from a mad, rejected beau

Ripped into the heart of Mary Kane.


How I wept to see my love so swiftly pass from life,

Blood upon her breast a Titian stain;

I was such a fool to think this girl would be my wife,

No one else would have my Mary Kane.


Fourteen years have passed since I went in to quench my thirst,

Every night this urge comes on again;

Surely this is witches’ work and surely I am cursed,

Doomed each night to lust for Mary Kane.


Now this cell wall tells my tale so reader, have a care,

If love hits you like a hurricane;

Satan comes in many guises, with your heart beware,

Lest you find yourself a Mary Kane.



Original pictures by Graeme King ©Kingpoetry2007  BACK to TOP

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