Hannibal told Clarice
(channeling the good
father in
Gladiator) to
ask of each thing
what is it’s nature

and so Clarice found the
killer whose cruelty was
to covet, so
desperate to be
inside a woman’s skin

and that Hannibal is aptly named
reminding us of the African who
made Rome his bitch
who destroyed their armies of
might with
diabolical tactics, unearthly strategy
at Canae
legions turned
into a can of sardines

Oh the deception
but then
there is always the
question that
cannot be answered but
with truth

however cryptic

you would
wish to say it

do you
get that Clarice?
do you get
my true nature?