ONLINE MAGAZINE MONTHLY      MARCH 2003      ISSN 1479-425X

MEGHAN L. QUINN
Six Poems

Pre-emptive Poems: Traitor?
I Spit On October
Blood On My Hands
Myths and the Serpent
Time Spent Here
Lasting Memory

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Myths and the Serpent

 
wound the snake round Milton's tree
bloomed biblical mythos and the serpent said
he was light and He was lies
hidden in the juicy round of the trees
of life and knowledge
pomegranate and figs in Eden's tropical
green sex and purity
 
monks swathed in honey mead and faith
wrote the word and kings
swallowed them delicious with the juices
fermented and the grace of ascension
surging back onto the land torn
and muddied with the tracks
of loyal minions
 
and that dark child of the new mythology
with black mists in his eyes
stripped pallid for the kings' exaltation
and later flags of conquerors
erect on the exotic stolen grounds
of the trio that followed some northern star
to honor his barnyard birth
and prayer for salvation
 
they chased after the light of heaven
fallen through grey firmament and sand
hands worshipping against that holy ground
and beaten in the name of the pallor savior
that cried peace! upon the dusted lands
sang love on splintered tears
and bled Pax Romana on the hill

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