Violent Beginnings and Violent Ends

There is a certain madness you know

In the smile of the one bound for the guillotine

On her last day on earth, what do you

Think she thinks about?

 

Does she count the stars in the night sky

Or the rays of the sun, weeping

 

Gasping, screaming, for one more day,

You foolish ones,

 

Does she count her breaths, you think,

Wondering how many more she has left

 

Does she remember her lovers,

And the trail of broken hearts

 

She left in her wake

Do you think she dreams that night

 

Of all that could have been, all that was lost

Does she dream of tomorrows swallowed

 

Into the dust of the desert,

Do you think she wonders about heaven or hell

 

Or the line of death-mongers before and behind her

Perhaps she wonders what the face of the executioner

 

Might be, or if he will be masked in endless black

What a comical journey!

 

Mother’s birthing bed to bloody block

What violent beginnings and violent ends

 

Listen to her laugh herself hoarse, listening to your thoughts

She will choke and hiccup at each question mark

 

Be on your way for she sits there, dazzling

The stars are in her eyes and the sun bursts through her breast

 

She is decked out like a princess bride

Wrapped tightly in thorns and roses

 

She is gorgeous like the first day of spring

Shimmering in her joy

 

When she mounts that block tomorrow

I swear to you- that lovely neck,

 

That executioner and his axe, that song of death,

This city, this very earth, the skies above

 

Will burst into hymn, into prayer,

Into heart-stopping salute

 

Each drop of blood will spray in a fountain

Of glorious, golden, song.

 

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