Okay, this is my second or third attempt to plumb this "Miho/Kimiko" theme. It seems so obvious that it's a rich vein to tap, yet, for me, it yields up its richesse but slowly. A poor attempt (BIG HINT: someone else give it a try).

'Kimiko:Miho, Light: Dark' Sonnet after "Sonnet 144 ('Two loves I have of comfort and despair')"

Two loves have I: Kimiko, and Miho
Which are, like Light and Dark, elemental:
Happily 'twixt such opposites I go,
Yet in choosing, I, surely, would go mental.
Yet call me "Shirley" not; I still stand fast!
Ancient Wisdom from the East doth tell us
That these two, from the selfsame mold are cast --
'Tis Truth, and not a "bill o' goods" they sell us.
I could not the warm and merry Light forswear,
Her pretty eyes, her gentle smile, to flee;
Nor shun I the soft mysterious Dark, forbear
To have her touch, her voice, envelop me...
I cannot choose. But 'tis my happy fate,
These two, as Yin and Yang, to contemplate.

(more groveling apologies to William Shakespeare)

Sonnet 144 (Two loves I have of comfort and despair)

Two loves I have of comfort and despair,
Which like two spirits do suggest me still:
The better angel is a man right fair,
The worser spirit a woman colour'd ill.
To win me soon to hell, my female evil
Tempteth my better angel from my side,
And would corrupt my saint to be a devil,
Wooing his purity with her foul pride.
And whether that my angel be turn'd fiend
Suspect I may, but not directly tell;
But being both from me, both to each friend,
I guess one angel in another's hell:
Yet this shall I ne'er know, but live in doubt,
Till my bad angel fire my good one out.

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