You're a beautiful and violent word
With a skinny neck of a chinese bird
In a fading ancient painting
This can be taken in two ways. One could see it as a description of the addressed — beautiful, with her skinny, fragile neck, but her personality (the meaning of the ‘word’, if you will) is vicious and can hurt the narrator.
However, it could just as easily be a creative description of an ampersand — a ‘beautiful and violent word’ (ampersand, a symbol for the simple ‘and’ that connected two names in the line before) with a ‘skinny neck’ (&).
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