The Man Who Tortures Himself

I am the wound and the dagger,
I am the blow and the cheek, I am the members and the wheel,
Victim and executioner,
I’m the vampire of my own heart
— One of those utter derelicts
Condemned to eternal laughter,
But who can no longer smile.

-Charles Baudelaire, ‘The Man Who Tortures Himself’.

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