Noir Slash

Blood is black and flesh
is white and the depths
of the world are depicted
in gradations of gray.

Shadows conspire with
a tremulous intensity
on the walls of stairwells
and barren brick facades.

Color is a fairy tale
told to ingenues before
they are savaged on
the cutting room floor.

Morality is clear as
the killer's manic stare
or the changing reels
of your own redemption.

Sit back in the dark of
your ego or id and watch
the chiaroscuro images
traipse furtively by.

The flash of the knife
is light and brilliant
in this stylish rendering
of violence idealized.

Appeared in The Nightmare Collection