‘The Goddess’ and Other Poetry by Gabe Russo The Society April 10, 2015 Beauty, Culture, News of Note, Poetry The Goddess I. Black breeze On white foam hands Held high, lifting freedom: Shinning fast Her people’s torch in His eyes. II. Thunder Rolling on dawn– Tanks over Her hands break; Her people shattered in the square Long gone. When Man First Looked Through a Telescope A pin-burst of light expanded through glass– Heaven combusted apple blossom white And caught the ghost moon between its lips as A pin-burst of light. An iris climbed inside blue-laded night; Stretched so thin, holes dappled the foggy mass And lo–a cosmos wrote its letters bright! Eyes melded with each stroke of eon gas, Unfolded each star guiding Shepard’s sight And seeped one world inside another’s, past A pin-burst of light. Ballad of the Salem College Girls (Based on the legends and history of Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC) Bon fires rose their dry, red moon Crisping leaves with autumn. The apples sung around their feet Dancing night to bottom. Throughout the hills a laughter rose, Winding all weathervanes And spun the gray-black mortar clouds Down owl-shadowed lanes. Their rooms furnished oak and silver, Their hair spun darker shades. A sisterhood of lost ravines Dissolved like moth-winged names. Running naked as rosary Beneath gaunt hems of age, They were the ones at Hanging Rock With gloveless hands assuaged! Yet a frame still locks the missing In Mary Babcock’s eyes– Such superstition clambers out All hellos and goodbyes. Their mystique: vaulting drowsy brick– Pitching corridors long. Their souls, veiled on the widow’s walk: A tune of bygone song. And so, the weathervanes–bewitched! As an apple lip unfurls That deep, willowy dance of rain In Salem College girls. Gabe Russo is a filmmaker living in Melbourne, Fl. Featured Image: The Goddess of Democracy in Tiananmen Square. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.