Cassandra

CASSANDRA

The fate of Troy
did not tell Cassandra.

When he saw the sea
full with Greek ships
that looked like them
black ravens
her hands trembled.

The Greeks were cruel
in the works
unyielding in
conquests
they took everything
spoils of war
after destroying cities.

That day Cassandra
was in bed
with fever
everything was done
to them
fire and howls
a snake hissed
to the ears.

Did not say
destiny of Troy
Cassandra
but he knew
destiny of oneself

since he received
the gift from Apollo.

“Burn the wooden
horse!
Do not receive gifts
from the Greeks! ”
but no one
its prophecies
did not heed them.

Cassandra
was raped by
Ajax at the altar
where the gods
looked.

She went crazy
what else could he do
among the Greeks
drunk and cruel
raping women
through the temples?

She released so many
curses
which they would
follow
the Greeks through
the centuries.

They would remember
spooky when
the empire collapsed
from the Ottomans.

Byzantium paid
for Cassandra.

Now the Greeks see
dreams
under the sun
with Constantinople.

That created just
as much horror
like Troy.

Kolec P. Traboini
Washington DC
2019

 
Written by Kolec Traboini on 11/10/19
© K. P. Traboini 2019

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