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For Sappho

by Carmen Cornue 8 months ago in surreal poetry

An Ode to All Sirens

For Sappho
Photo by Vincent Guth on Unsplash

Not purple prose,

but purple poetry leads you to me.

Nights of violet rapture swoon

to echos of my sapphic sisters-

their hymns sung like lullabies

on beaches of honey and diamonds.

At sundown, lilac waves crash

to reveal white bridal veils.

An amethyst heart shares the same

regal hue of bliss.

Living for pleasure is the closest

any will come to immortality.

And this rich shade-

the combination of blood and ocean-

finds such expression

in the irises you pick.

Our baths christened

by those dreamy petals,

as a sparrow begs us to breathe in

the mauve stars of twilight.

surreal poetry

Carmen Cornue

Carmen Cornue's writing has appeared in numerous publications including Southword and the Atlanta Review. She co-founded the literary collective Spleen in 2015 to create and champion radical writing by queer women.


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