She came, she bathed, I asked,

stupid war

She came, she bathed, I asked, “Are you an augury of love? Or love itself?”

At that she laughed, she made a splash. Downstairs a door was cracked  and in the sudden draft I saw the legions tramp across her back.

Under glint-eyed standards each man drew and poised to hack with brittle swords or spears or axes flesh sweet and tender, made for kisses, slow hands, trickled water – not for mindless harm, stupid excess.

With that I cupped my hand and swept the scene away. I drowned the legions, all the colors, standards, pikes and horses. Again she laughed.

She said, “I cannot tell the future dear, nor predict it from your fits. Am I an augury of love? Or love itself? Who knows?

Accept the present, dear,
And dear, accept the gift.”

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One Response to She came, she bathed, I asked,

  1. johemmant says:

    Superb,s ee this is what happens when you dig deep…….I think you need to start writing some more, Mr M. And I figured it out…..more by mail 🙂

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