Saturday, September 21, 2013

Riding Rapunzel

One day a beautiful woman bolted out
of bewildering love,
exited the wider circumference
of her loneliness,
and threw down her golden hair
over her dove-white breasts
for men to climb for trysts.

She galloped into their lives
like the trumpet’s shocking blare
at the starting gate,
built a small fire
in each of their hearts
while sipping straight from each breath
their rampant taste for lust and lies,
until one day she broke her stride,
cantered upon the thin ice
of an early thaw of marriage,
and drowned herself in a blue tower –
the mistress of sad, fairy-tale luck.

“Riding Rapunzel” was originally published in Pearl.

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