Reginald Shepherd



 

Scraps of an Achilles

 

He is a summer revolutionary, turning
with the solar year:

having passed out of his mother’s
marine safekeeping,
he does the work of wind:

a verbal scar on the strand
ten minutes of martial music

Call him the waxing season, saltwater
at high tide answers the moon,
challenging all satellite

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It is right that Achilles should be beautiful
and fatal: his glory walks hand in hand with death
past ruined statues of his boyish virtue:

his box of broken boys bled dry,
his skin unmarred by history
or the weather called remorse

Caught by the shadow of his heel
whose half-god flesh couldn’t be caught,
he remains a hero of the sun
 






© 2008 Electronic Poetry Review