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"What I See"

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What I See:

Well-scrubbed scribes
     trudging to their offices.
 
Royal officials
     spilling from an all-night symposium.

What I Don't See:

The wise,
problem-solving,     
monster-slaying     
King of Thebes.

What I See:

         Master craftsmen.
 
         Their apprentices.
 
         Supplicants.
 
         Messengers.
 
         Litigants.
 
         Slaves.

What I Don't See:

The beautiful young queen
who commands resepct with her voice,     
her face,         
her eyes,         
her sharp-like-a-predator's teeth.

What I See:

The smoldering house
     where Zeus,
         long ago,
     granted Semele's final request.
 
The thin gray wisps
     still rising
     from her ashes.

What I Don't See:

The twin princes,
younger than me,     
but already so deadly with spear and bow. 

What I See:

Backs turned.
 
Eyes that slide away from mine.
 
A shouting wheelwright who calls me Pandora.
     As a joke?
     For my tight grip on the jar?
     Except that hers still held a bit of hope.
 

What I Don't See:

The princesses,
my friends,     
my cousins,     
my playmates,     
who might have waved goodbye     
as I stumble across the hilltop citadel         
and out through the Gate of Udaius.             

BE A DEMIGOD!

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