dear dionysus

if only you knew 

about the letters I’d written

in my head

to no one in particular

also to someone 

and maybe, even a few 

were addressed to you

in torrential ballpoint

scarlet letter ‘A’

for ‘April’ or ‘Antigone’

and possibly

‘arsenic’, or ‘annihilation’

all those words are

interchangeable, anyway

my filigree cursive bleeds

with all

the unnecessary bravado

of a Greek tragedy

as if the stationary

were a stage

and the sentiments

born to betray themselves


I always use 

a nom de plume

with sincerity, sophocles

before the post script encore

Oedipus comple(x o x o)

a. duncan, 2019




– Clytemnestra after the murder of Agamemnon by John Collier (1882)

– Love Letter by J. V. Cunningham (1962)



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