I Picture You Emerging From An Oyster Shell

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I Picture You Emerging From An Oyster Shell

(Written in 2010 about a former lover.)

Her face could launch a thousand ships,
but she’d laugh a thousand little laughs
and turn a thousand suitable suitors away
with a thumb-tucked fist
and an indifferent gaze.

The goddesses of Greece dare not mix her up in their silly contests:
the best they could hope for is a Pyrrhic victory
or a consolation prize,
but that certainly wouldn’t stop them
from inventing all sorts of nasty little rumors:
“Did you hear about her lover?
He’s not even a demigod.”

*Dedicated to Botticelli.

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