Cassandra

She was no idiot. A prophetess.
She’d seen Ilium fall to dust
Before the mighty Danaan;

A seer cursed to see and tell all
Only to have it all repeated back
In a curious enactment of despair.

She listened to this barbarian Queen
In silence, knowing already
Her fate was sealed with his,

Even as she spoke in the prescribed way
The fools looked on dismayed,
Uncomprehending as if her words had wings

Escaping thought as they left her mouth:
So that she changed to plain speech,
And spoke the sense of things in common;

And, then they knew being and existence,
What is both dark and full, emptied of its light:
The spell of ravens in a bloody cauldron spilling.

– Steven Craig Hickman ©2014 Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author is strictly prohibited.

Note: For those that have not read the Greek Poets or Tragedians. On his return after ten years of fighting the great wars against Troy, Agamemnon the King returns triumphantly to his home where Clytemnestra his wife in treachery and in collusion with Aegisthus, the third son of the man that Agamemnon caught with his wife and had his sons killed and bone-stripped and served up in a stew to Aegisthus’ father, Thyestes, who once he discovered the truth cursed Agamemnon and his house forever. With the death of Iphigenia, Clytemnestra’s only daughter at the outset of the war against Troy by Agamemnon at the behest of false prophets and priests to waylay the winds, and because of the other curse Clytemnestra willingly goes along with Aegisthus. When both Agamemnon and Casandra (who is now a slave and mistress to the King as loot) return by chariot they are killed in a great cauldron or cleansing tub of copper by the Queen who stabs him three times. All this is recorded in The Oresteia of  Aeschylus.

 

 

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