Sunday, June 12, 2011

Like the Last Guest at Cleopatra’s Court

If you come into my chamber, I might present you with pearls or a place setting of solid silver.  
     If you come into my arms, I might grant you a gazelle or a horse in gilded armor. 
   But if you come you might leave, take your leave, as guests and lovers sometimes do, but I would want it back, your leaving, as you said you would have taken me back had I left. 
     Not with pearls or armor, no fan fare, only remorse, these damaged cells, and my grandparent’s wedding clock.

"Cléopatre essayant des poisons sur des condamnés à mort," 1887; Alexandre Cabanel (1823-1889); Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp, Holland.