Wednesday 24 August 2016

Feminine Curiosity

Legend is littered with stories of  women punished harshly  for their feminine curiosity; Lot's wife, Pandora, Psyche, Eve. Here is the story of one who got away with it the skin of her neck

The Youngest Daughter

She fell in love with his fine houses,
a deal of silver and gold plate, and over-
-looked his blue-tinged beard and his appetite
for beautiful women.

And when he left she followed
the little back stair-case to the forbidden 
closet where she stood
in clotted blood.

The fallen key she could not clean
with any amount of soap or sand.
The silver sabre dangled
over her head

bowed in prayer. And it took a long
while for the cloud of dust
to spit out arms
to the rescue.

Copyright with Cathy Leonard 2016

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