In this version the damned look like beggars,
to pull himself up, the man's still nude
bears the green apple, unbitten after all.
a monstrous lizard clamped onto her shoulders.
Each face is repeated to show they're divided.
The background is a wash of red swirled
On the wall encircling the lake
one scales a ladder, one waves a banner,
and is it being lowered or lifted?
An elaborate winged beast, coiled snakes
a splintered board like a sword
like unlit tapers. You'd think, at least,
they move through the blaze, unamazed