Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Woman's Hundred Years

   Green, green riverside grass,
    Lush, lush willow in the garden,
    Sleek, sleek a girl upstairs,
    White, white faces her window,
    Fair, fair her rouge and powder

I'll probably never 
make it to 
the brief history

I'm padding out
bedroom shoe

        As a punishment for 
        her attempted murders,
        a pair of glowing-hot 
        iron shoes are brought
        forth with tongs and 
        placed before the Queen.
        She is forced to step into 
        the burning shoes and 
        to dance until she drops