Carissima

My jewel
goddess in human form

apodisis for my protasis
inspiration for bad poets in all ages

terrible and wonderful as an army arrayed for battle,
a spirit vast and untouchable as the sea,

star to guide the sailors home
salve to mortal wounds

phoenix’s egg
first breeze of spring

kicker-over of pedestals
child among the ruins of old Rome

Cornelia come to life.

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