Portrait

Cassandra  sits
                           alone
in her lair
beyond the mouth
fire frolics to a tune
                                  endless
                                  evocative
by which the world writhes

Cassandra stares
                             alone
shadow-blind
deaf to the screams
a bottle of cacophony
                                       uncorked
                                       untouched
at her side

Cassandra shrives
                                alone
absolving the earth
the red earth
                        bloody
                        faecal
the colour of truth
her truth
his truth
the truth
with which he has cursed her

Cassandra sings
                            alone

oh madness
sweet madness

in a cracked innocuous voice

when will you arrive?

with a hard and sanguine mouth

oh madness
sweet madness
cool and blue and still

Cassandra stands
                                  alone
                                            unwanted
                                            unclaimed
closing her crepe eyes
to the red dawn

© srogers 27 June 2009

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