lessons from hera and hercules
harbinger made of hemlock and heartache,
hurricane made of hurt and heartbreak,
you were hera's lesson of harm and habit,
you were impossible to break,
but i too, like you,
have hidden the strength of hercules
somewhere inside this harbour body
that used to welcome hurricanes.
i too have always known siren songs that have bewitched men
with more ancient madness than you could ever imagine.
i too have spoken words that dripped with cruelty
like a soldiers sword in a battlefield,
i do not use these abilities against you
because i have learned,
i have learned that when you destroy someone you love...
there is no coming back from that.
there are butterflies in my eyes
and a wolf in my bones.
in the animal kingdom
i'm a man, a beast,
and a gentleman.
it's not a jungle
well, not anymore.
nor is it a playground of some
sorts. it's the beginning and the
end of a beautiful apocalypse.