content we were within our blessed union,
my lover and i, our conflicts long resolved.
root had merged with vein, and we were as one
with all life in our enchanted forest realm.
our existence seemed a sparkling symphony
of nature's music, sweetened and enriched by ages.
but something was amiss in this shimmering emerald paradise.
myths and legends had spoken of death visited upon
entire groves of our kind through a drugged peace,
and we feared such an end might befall us.
our contentment shifted to alarm;
we wept as a dull fear crept over us.
there came unbidden into the wood
a stranger of fragrant feminine mystery,
as the decades passed, my druid goddess's animal presence gradually palled
and i tired of her sensuous words, i grew impatient with her cancerous influence.
my devotion dissolved into anguish and her insidious grip seemed to loosen
as her true nature was revealed to me in increasingly loathsome detail.
i railed against my fate, and emboldened by the cover of my lover's weary sleep
my anger grew as my courage buoyed, and i cursed my monstrous oppressor;
"mock savior! would that i had seen past the shadows! hoary demoness!
demented succubus! your despised spell is diminished with your every cursed breath!
see how beautiful and conten
arisen from a century's rest,
she drew me to her forest lair with silken promises,
my fear to serve as her amusement
and my innocence to be her diversion.
repulsed at first, i was helpless as she beckoned
and i found myself crawling to her in supplication,
begging to love and eager to forsake my god.
hideous she was, blighted, yet i welcomed the sight of her,
shards of joyous pain pierced my eyes until i wept red tears.
her words caressed like dark velvet, a warm penetrating whisper
barely audible through the evening wind's serpentine hiss;
"join me my lovely, partake,
that the night might never end..."
a special sweetness, her mythic
medusa's smile has brought
madness unto sanity.
seduced, deceived, betrayed,
i took my comfort from words whose
smooth sweet phrases proved empty...
null portent, base liar,
reach above you, grasp the wire, hang there
wrapped around me... (our) private hell, this love,
we're tangled, sobbing...