The Showers of Perseus

Standard

This poem first appeared in New Writing Scotland 29

 

The constellation sees centuries of dust

cling to a comet’s tail,

returning each year to shame the stars

in their kaleidoscope trail.

 

Danaë heard the drip-drip of Zeus

as he poured into her virginal tomb.

Then, the steady nine-month alchemy,

and a son who could turn flesh to stone.

 

Now, as the debris burns and blazes,

open-mouthed heads tilt skywards

and spectators are stunned to statues,

 

struck dumb by a shower of meteor dust

that springs from the star-studded product of lust

who was born of a shower of gold.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s