Philomene and the Lady

Philomene Long was the Poet Laureate of Venice. She died on Aug. 21, 2007.

Philomene and the Lady

Just what was the relationship

between the Muse and Philomene?
It’s true, the Lady showered her
with gifts of inspiration
And the Lady had honored Philomene
by showing herself, gliding above the sea.
But in the end, did she grow jealous
– and gods can get very jealous –
of this mere mortal who knew
each of the seven realms of wisdom?
Philomene once said, “I don’t talk about Her much.
You have to remember that
She is, after all, the Angel of Surprise.”
And Stuart, who knew the Lady
better than anyone in Venice,
Said, “poets be careful
she is merciless.”
Philomene and the Lady
Do they now walk across the beach
invisibly and hand in hand?
Or do they float past each other
without even a sideways look?
Philomene dressed all in black
The Lady dressed all in white

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