Friday, November 30, 2012

Tbilisi Novel

Tiflis (Tibilisi), a Painting by Mikhail Lermontov


Tbilisi Novel

After a duel     pine needles     handfuls
of pine needles    are thrust     into a shoulder wound.

Princess L. presently     marries     for money
takes a fast carriage     back     to Saint Petersburg
or... the events happen     in reverse.

Drowns years later     (sequined organdy)
under the weight     of her horse.

Then the horror     the statue
of empty     eyes
& traffic     & slammed brakes.

No pine needles     for the passengers
trapped     bloody     & deafened
by 19th century     Tbilisi music.

This is how     it begins     & ends.

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