Helen


her pearl necklace

spread across the sea

one thousand reasons

sailing due east

January trust Mars

Apollo and posterity

outrageously flirting

with history

it's Damocles' season

under siege

farewell my queen

farewell my liege

the war of lost worlds and words

leaves of grass

on a bonfire night

unpacking Pandora’s

steamer trunk

dressing up in a

warrior mask


I knew it then

your graceful disaster

a lost Raphael

in the thrift shop window, with

the mother, the daughter and the holy ghost


time’s kaleidoscope magic

you recall the shimmer and the flame

you forget about the burn and the pain


cloud angels

laugh in Italian

when we were on the cusp

how sweet it was

from Troy to Pompeii


Yours Faithfully, Helen