ELOPING TO HELIOS

Us, we could go up—
Lovers like helium
balloons— up up
—eloping to Helios

And return
full of celestial fire—
to sow seeds, to experience
—the serpent’s discipline

(Stringless and idle
   In the upward stretch,
     In the physical
      Descent)

Us, two fin de siècle Chagallian
   characters in lullal tableaux
     using love against antilove

       to lighten

            even lighter

                    than light
                             balloons.

—Are we failing?— We fail, my friend,
‘cause of our wanton: more, more

  We, hypocrite
     aesthetes

 

 

Vanessa Vie
Illustration Vanessa Vie


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