Francie Lynch

Play It Again, Will - Poem by Francie Lynch

The story I read, some forty years now,
Burns inside my head.
A young woman, raped violently
By two brothers,
Hands and face mutilated,
The horror on her father's face.
Vengeance was his alone,
As he murdered her assailants,
And boiled down their bones.
His name was Titus.
The story was four hundred years old.
Re-told from a story three thousand years older.
Re-told today.
Rwanda, Bosnis, Syria, Jordan, Dahlmer et al.
Disfiguration with acid,
Limbs gone missing,
Tongues cut out, black sockets,
Missing parts of humanity
In prison camps and resistence movements.
We're still baking pies and feeding on human flesh.
Shakespeare was never so violent.

Titus Andronicus. A violent, bloody play that seems tame

Topic(s) of this poem: murder, rape, violence

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, November 11, 2015

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