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Poems - Bathsheba ( Chagall ) by Ian M. Emberson

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Bathsheba ( Chagall ) by Ian M. Emberson

by Pirouette

This is not love
- but guilt ;
a King
( once a King
- still - in the nation's eyes )
but never again for her
- no - never again.
As he rests his head
in her lap
he is a child
who cries through the long blue shadows ;
his pride in beginnings,
his journeys through love and lust
have led to this
- this beating down in darkness.
Now are the city gates all shut,
the candles guttered,
and the one ewe lamb
the one ewe lamb
has been slain.


by Ian M. Emberson





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