14 March 2010

Tombstone Tales: Something Terrible Might Happen

#13 in color
Central Graveyard Vienna / onkel_wart

How beautiful she was –
like a woman rising
from a tomb, like
a dead woman looking
for me.

Like a little princess
with tiny white doves
for feet – one might fancy
she was dancing –
and wearing a yellow veil.

I never had seen her that pale,
as if she was a shadow
of  the shadow
of a white rose in a mirror
of silver.

I couldn’t keep from looking at her
while I knew it was dangerous
to look at dead people
in such way:

Something terrible might happen.

This poem was inspired by the first scene of Salome, the play written by Oscar Wilde.
More Tombstone Tales by Patrick Bernauw: Ghost Writings.

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