Mahogany torsos were stacked
against fractured walls
arms chaotically strewn
over grainy floorboards
hallow heads, sat gathering dust
on illiterate shelves
pages of discoloured newspaper
were used
to protect artificial limbs
against inept handling.

Innovation had erased recollections
of glimmering shop lights
and memories of wide eyed passersby
who gazed at satin costumes
circling their brief addiction
shoes squeaked on polished marble
customers stroked desire
against artistic seams
occasionally, fingernails would graze
over synthetic thighs.

Darkened eye sockets
persecuted stray birds
who flew in through barren windows
beaks pecked greedily
at hardened skin
discovering drained cores
they choked on pieces of plastic
spluttering musical apologies
they escaped
only to plunge skyward.