A Classical Triptych – Robert West

1. An Underworld

. . . a heart without pity.

—Theogony

s h a d e s h a d e s h a d e s h a d e s h a d e

s h a d e s h a d e s h a d e s h a d e s h a d e

s h a d e                                           s h a d e

s h a d e               H a d e s              s h a d e

s h a d e                                           s h a d e

s h a d e s h a d e s h a d e s h a d e s h a d e

s h a d e s h a d e s h a d e s h a d e s h a d e

 

2. An Eden

In the middle . . . were the tree of life and the tree

  of the knowledge of good and evil.

—Genesis 2:9

g a r d e n g a r d e n g a r d e n g a r d e n g a r d e n

g a r d e n g a r d e n g a r d e n g a r d e n g a r d e n

g a r d e n                                                   g a r d e n

g a r d e n               D A N G E R               g a r d e n

g a r d e n                                                   g a r d e n

g a r d e n g a r d e n g a r d e n g a r d e n g a r d e n

g a r d e n g a r d e n g a r d e n g a r d e n g a r d e n

 

3. An Exile

Wherever you look, . . . huge vistas of empty steppe.

Black Sea Letters, I, iii

v o i d v o i d v o i d v o i d v o i d v o i d

v o i d v o i d v o i d v o i d v o i d v o i d

v o i d                                              v o i d

v o i d                  O v i d                 v o i d

v o i d                                              v o i d

v o i d v o i d v o i d v o i d v o i d v o i d

v o i d v o i d v o i d v o i d v o i d v o i d

 
 
 
Robert West's poems have most recently appeared in Alabama Literary ReviewLightLighten Up OnlineStill, and Snakeskin; his chapbook Convalescent appeared from Finishing Line Press in 2011. "A Classical Triptych" is dedicated to William Harmon, whose "Concrete Seascape" inspired it.
 
 

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