Remind me: my bed is empty,
my graying hair pinned up
and tumbling from a starfish clip
where once a waterfall by Crivelli flowed
over the white shoulders of Sparta.
I do not quarrel with my warring children.
Their bad marriages are their own affairs.
I sit on the rocks and watch the waves,
my toes now horny as a tortoise's.
That night a storm came off the sea.
I saw St. Elmo's fire electrify the spars
and a bluish current quivered on my skin.
I studied my egg-shaped oval in the glass,
breath like a wing beat in my throat,
wind tearing white curtains, my flesh,
and feathers on my bed in flight.
I am an old woman writing poetry.
I never wanted intimacy with gods
or goddesses, didn't want to bear
their dangerous progeny. I only dreamt
of passion, possession, surrendering
to the eternal torque of human love.
AGNI Issue 77
Copyright © 2013 by Melissa Green
All rights reserved.
Reproduced by Poetry Daily with permission