Florilegium Archive · Papercuts and Scribbles

January 2022 – Playlist for the Apocalypse

Poem inspired by Playlist for the Apocalypse by Rita Dove

Cleopatra,
Vintage Vixen,
Empress,
Hera,
Party Girl:
Dip deep, my darling.

In the midst of horror we feed on beauty.
I head uptown in my undercover power-suit
(all wisdom is an afterthought)

Everybody's got a pair of fat thighs-
either a tease or a tramp, a lover, or a wife,
golden gobbets of infuriating foolishness.


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