ANOTHER CHAPTER IN THE PERENNIAL DRAMA



Oedipus the most sublime

you wanted to know

and you knew

MORE you said....

and you knew
MORE

and you knew
STOP SAID THE SHEPHERD!

MORE

MORE

MORE

and then....

you knew T O O M U C H . . .

YOU HAD DELVED TOO DEEP

AND SUDDENLY THE VOLCANO OF GUILT PANIC AND TERROR ERUPTED

                                              

    

 

and overwhelmed ALL with horror
and you, the only man that braved the Sphinx did the ostrich thing:

You blinded yourself into darkness and easy oblivion

.................................

...................................


but after the panic

and despair

through the blindness

the curses

the rabid condemnation

of the mob

of brothers of sisters

fathers, mothers, uncles, spinster aunts

even sons

you SAW all

in a new and simple light ..

an old light ..

and like Atlas you lifted the IMPOSSIBLE weight

and stood up

upright

great

inimitable sublime

in your blindness

YOUR knowledge

enlightening a world of darkness ..

for all to SEE

.............

oedipus

if only they would see ..

wrote sophocles:

Oedipus Rex

of all lives

of all deaths

yours is the most sublime ...

your transfiguration at Colonus shall forever be the most SUBLIME

 

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