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Salome, Salome

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Salome, Salome,
with shining black hair,
sweet perfumed ringlets
you toss in the air,
come dance for me, daughter,
in bright silk and gold
in bright silk and gold --
so young, and I old.
Salome, Salome,
with shining black hair,
sweet perfumed ringlets
you toss in the air.

Salome, Salome,
with shining black hair,
and soft skin like milk,
and eyes that just dare,
what does your mother whisper
to make you grow bold,
to make you grow bold,
so young, and I old --
Salome, Salome,
with shining black hair,
and soft skin like milk,
and eyes that just dare.

Salome, Salome,
with shining black hair,
so innocent, so wanton,
your game isn't fair --
plots in the courtyard,
your smile is so cold,
your smile is so cold,
so young, and I old --
Salome, Salome,
with shining black hair,
so innocent, so wanton,
your game isn't fair.

Salome, Salome,
with shining black hair,
do you watch his dead eyes
on the tray sitting there?
I'm a fool in my cups -
such a soul cheaply sold,
such a soul cheaply sold --
am I young and you old?
Salome, Salome,
with shining black hair,
do you watch his dead eyes
on the tray sitting there?

Salome, Salome,
with shining black hair,
you learned very young
how to set a queen's snare.
His voice is now stilled,
and his blood is grown cold,
and his blood is grown cold --
never young, no more old.
Salome, Salome,
with shining black hair,
you learned very young
how to set a queen's snare.
The story of Salome and the death of John the Baptizer, told from the point of view of a rather self-serving Herod Antipas.

Wiki link with her life history and the biblical story: [link]
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TheFabulousMyriad's avatar
Liked it - great inspiration for a play we're doing.
knittingknots's avatar
Which one are you doing? I am sure this one was inspired by Oscar Wilde's Salome, floating around the back of my mind somewhere...
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SilverWynd's avatar
This is beautiful!
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SilverWynd's avatar
You are welcome!
Mt-Jester's avatar
That was beautiful! I loved the rhyme scheme and the repetition, and the subject matter was intriguing. Great job!
knittingknots's avatar
Thanks! I appreciate it!
J0j2's avatar
Wow, I can imagine her...such a great poem.
I have a writing forum, called storynetwork [link] , and maybe you post this on there. It would be really cool to have a great poet like you on. Maybe you could post some more of your works. I'd love to hear more.
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Thanks for the comments. I'll check your forum out.
krazysidhestudios's avatar
This is really well written. I also really enjoy the re writing of the story. It's a wonderful combination of young and old, playful and solemn--all of which comes together for a nice mixture. :)
knittingknots's avatar
Appreciate that. Thanks!
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Obsidian-Nightfall's avatar
This is incredible, I love the concept, well done...
knittingknots's avatar
I loved it! And it made me shiver.
knittingknots's avatar
oooh! I like to make people shiver...Glad you liked it!
virtualpapercut's avatar
Very nice. You do the tale with such a combination of playful rhyme and sting in the tail/tale.
knittingknots's avatar
That's the effect I was hoping for...
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