Lola Ridge

(December 12, 1873- May 19, 1941 / Dublin)

Histrionics


-Albert Parsons
went to his death
singing Annie Laurie;
didn't another have
a rose in his coat-
or was it a pink-
dramatizing himself-

Blooded rose
stalk
hanging out of an empty
coat lapel,
or was it a pink carnation
rose color soft as sunrise
glimmering upon a gallows,
and streak of silver song
ravelled with the rain
on a filthy Chicago morning in the Eighties-
you shall outlast horizons.

Submitted: Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Edited: Wednesday, February 08, 2012

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