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Lament of Tantalus
by Karen E Peace

Saturday, April 19, 2008
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Lament of Tantalus
O ardent aching confection
that mocks at my plight with that delectable eye!
Were I not a lately old and shriveled thing
and were you not cruel and inaccessible,
withdrawing your fickle nectar that would me heal,
I’d savor you with more than eyes –
but with lips and tongue and swallow you wholly.
You, so cool and sweet…
That you should engender in me burning
and hammer the nail of irony
into my already petrifying heart --
so heavy I would drown me
in these fickle waters
without need of any other stone!
And you!
The waters which might me save
by depriving this wretched coil of breath
or, again,
by sweetening this parchéd throat of mine –
killing or quickening, no matter now,
they make twins on the scale which weighs my desires.
You, sister limpid-laughing-water!
You take equal part in my eternal dying-without-death,
and your merry burbling song,
into which I might otherwise plunge,
makes yet a greater weight of my heart.
You tease me,
pretending you would meet me halfway up
would I but bow to meet you halfway down.
But you refuse me both:
neither will me engulf
nor quite abandon me to death.
I am the dying-but-never-dead.
Mark you, O fully-live and heaven-cherished ones!
Mark, that you may learn from my fate.
-- 3/11/05
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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 10/20/2008
Wow. You are clearly "focused" in this write, Karen. It's one of those writes that require much more that a single reading. Love and best wishes,

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/19/2008
Wow - this one is amazingly detailed - a classic feel to this - very well penned.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 4/19/2008
The waywardness of Tantalus in about the mystical gods and goddess he thought to serve the unheard of and uneatable meets his agonizing fate in the cesspool of the underworld where nothing is within his grasp, but always just there . . . Out of reach . . . Forever and ever and . . . This was smashingly (I NEVER use that word) good . . .
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