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.