Nina Kossman

Rookie - 274 Points (Moscow)

Helen's Shadow - Poem by Nina Kossman

Helen's shadow on Trojan rocks
still burdens the Greeks,
burdens them with the highest taxes
the loved exacts from the lover:
middle-class tea shop warmth forsaken,
adding machines count the killed,
a scarce spring, a fruitless autumn,
quiet markets and barren cribs:
see the wretched pass for the mad,
the mad for the licentious
shadows creeping after the main
shadow over the town-
the cruel nudity of the woman
washed clean of mercy,
memory of the guilt reflecting
future centuries' blood.

Topic(s) of this poem: history, love, myth, myths, war

Form: Free Verse

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, October 24, 2015

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