Mycenae

Passing through the lion-headed gate, years
fall from her shoulders like heaps of old rags.
Even in the innocent daylight, she clearly hears
gory echoes reflected in time’s murky mirrors
and, like courageous Cassandra, she, too, fears
the scent of centuries-old blood which still gags.
Passing through the lion-headed gate, years
fall from her shoulders like heaps of old rags.

 

Note: Mycenae is an archaeological site in Greece, located about 90 km southwest of Athens.

 

Losing You in the Maze

I did not expect, in such a wilderness,
this irrational apparition, a 3-D maze,
a game designed to test my cleverness,

a trap exposing eccentric witlessness.
This literalization of mutual malaise
I did not expect, in such a wilderness.

Apathetic alleys ignore my urgent  SOS,
abandonment another way to paraphrase
a game designed to test my cleverness.

Quickly, you find your blessed egress,
leaving me behind in a puzzled daze.
I did not expect, in such a wilderness,

to win a game so flagrantly meaningless,
a game played out at the end of our days,
a game designed to test my cleverness.

No expectations left of winning praise,
awaiting nothing but your smug gaze.
I did not expect, in such a wilderness,
a game designed to test my cleverness.

 

Toni La Ree Bennett attended the University of Washington (Seattle) where she received her Ph.D. in English. Her work has appeared in Poemmemoirstory, Puerto del Sol, Hawaii Pacific Review, Journal of Poetry Therapy, and Viet Nam Generation, among other publications, and she has several poems included in the anthology The Muse Strikes Back published by Story Line Press.  She is also a freelance editor.


NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who harasses or disrespects you. Simply send an email to submissions@classicalpoets.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comment or comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.