One Morganatic Leer
You think you complain of the ugliness of people.
Meet your own bed.
Smell what you said.
Your words, unmitigated, dead,
Sink like a noon sun in the crass tomb beneath the steeple.
Two feet above the sand, look down
A tartan shore,
A clan, a clack, a whore,
A mobile open door,
To the dog against the tree, the brittle mugging clown.
Claws like tumbled fingers here
Stand for hands,
Minds and trends.
Thighs sprout here enough to breed the honor of your morganatic leer.
from Poems (1947) by Joan Murray (1917-1942).