Friday, October 19, 2012

The Planet "Melancholia"

Stretch limos don’t bend around curves.
For half the time she wears the dress
with fresh nuptial souvenirs.
Her sister’s husband’s eighteen-hole golf course,
his astronomer’s scope set up to see
the planet on course to crash into Earth.
No husband’s new. Her boss sends his minder
to follow her. He accosts her. She throws
the boy down riding him to orgasm
after the groom, spurned, sits on the bedside, sad.
She drives away her boss and wan husband
as the reception guests leave the party.
She tells the minder he should have gone too,
and he goes. The days remaining she sees
what she saw before, on and off her horse
Abraham. Justine and Claire; Claire’s small son
waiting. Justine knows. Claire dreads, sees it all
go by, then reappear. She who knows smiles
at all the evil leading to such dread.
The known goes awry. The planets collide,
these sisters of Earth’s final family
exploding with light before dark falls sheer.

(19 October 2012)

copyright 2012 by Floyce Alexander

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