Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Loathsome Creature (Day 258)

Seated charcoal figure  
o bringer of freedom   
o darling loathsome creature
your veined cheek caressed by 
unlearned lessons  which  caught 
in gravity’s gaze  slide snail-like 
toward the puddle at your feet   
The lost  face-forward  salute 
your titian glow  their eyes 
like matches spark desire  each 
then thrown  spent and smoking 
on your cache of volatile words 
and empty anthems  no fearsome 
stars for you  each inharmonious 
bar performed by rote  soon will 
rewind into the fathomless 
erasure of merciful Time.

(c) 2017, by Hannah Six

Image: The Rape of Europa, by Noël-Nicolas Coypel, 1727

Philadelphia Museum of Art