Palamon and Arcite

I got another etching in the mail.

It shows two cousins fighting. They’re in love,

supposedly, with Emily although

they’ve only seen her, never talked with her.

For all they know, she could be Gorgon’s twin

with breath that makes a cesspool smell like flowers.

But they’re in love, supposedly, and so

they have been fighting for two hundred years

because they saw her in the distance once

and are convinced they are in love with her.

It’s framed in dark mahogany and gold.

The frame is beautiful, ornate, serene;

containing chaos and the killing blow

that’s been suspended for two hundred years.

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