‘The Seas that Ring the World’ Ring 4/5 : Transformations Poems (Book 2)

Artipeeps Poems Book II



George Braque Metamorphoses

February 2013-March 2014

17 poets, 15 months, creating 1 contemporary reworking of Ovid’s Metamorphoses

See the Transformations Page for more details or the ‘Present Collaborations’ Tab


 Poems Inspired by Book 2 


Lenka Monk and Rebecca Audra Smith


Epitaph *

by Lenka Monk


A child.

The most precious thing.

A treasured silver string of glass beads,

Wrapped tightly around one’s heart.


Silent oaths taken.

Prepared to do anything and everything,

And guard it from twisted knots of evil.


But they grow.

Time knocks them, roughens the edges.

With mind of their own,

Free to rebel.


Confidence of youth.

No danger too great,

No boundaries or lengths

Exploring their fate.


Heartfelt advice given,

Yet not heeded.

Burned to ashes in the stratosphere.


The once rebellious spirit

Tamed to death.

Trampled on by hoofs of flame.


No matter how firm the grip…

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