forest on fire

CASSANDRA’S SONG

In the darkness we
spread our wings and
found a voice to sing
while around us
the world dictated
everything.

(Can you turn a blind eye
on the past? Can you
put out the fire
on your back?)

Behind me
at my back
the forest burns.
The nightingale cries
and nosedives
in a flurry of sparks
towards the sea.

(Can you ignore
what happens
before your eyes? Can you
leave the fire
to burn and burn?)

I’ll move ahead.
The path will be
dark and winding
in front of me. The
lights will fade, the
cities crumble, the
towers of civilization
laid to waste
laid to rubble.

the rape of Cassandra

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