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Opulent White

by Jill Christensen

Amidst the ruins
of ancient Greece
there are women cut
in stone:
Persephone, Aphrodite,
Athena and Artemis,
what is it I draw
from your maker’s
pagan belief?
That all men have searched
for the classical?
That all men have sought
to embody perfect love?
That you though mystic
and I
so mortal
might one day be akin?
For at the final
(so rich and deep in new ritual)
having wrapped
my braids in
shining ivy,
having sought
the eternal crown,
I shall stand
and softly sculptured,
as noble as all the ancient
polished to opulent white,
having drawn from them
all their breathless
having given the
idyllic dream, eternal life.