Tuesday, April 6, 2010


rubbing his eyes, hercules saw
nessus' hooves as he turned
to carry deianira across the river
as though he'd given her up
to the flood
and she barefoot, too, why
would he do such a thing?
arrow hydra-dipped loosed
across the river at the two
strikes but does not kill
and poisoned blood turns
white shirt to red

from nessus to deinira
a charm to make love bloom
to hercules far from home
and in the arms of another

hercules wears the shirt and starts
to sweat and swear and he understands
as the poison burns his skin
fire to stop the fire
burn to stop the fire

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