Tiflis (Tibilisi), a Painting by Mikhail Lermontov
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.