The Ancient Modern

Heir of Prophecies, Part II  /  Joshua Alan Sturgill         

As you ponder your reply, the Sphinx
invites you to consider the Gates of Thebes,

old and ornate, dating from the city’s founding
with minor renovations in a more contemporary style.

Consider, too, that your intense attraction
to your lover are, similarly, evolved manifestations

of ancient reproductive instincts; your hope,
whatever its current object, is an acquired, beneficial

blindness to predatory fears; and even your thoughts
(frantically forming an answer) are bound by laws

of chemistry.

All poetry and supplementary material: copyright 2021 by Joshua Alan Sturgill. All rights reserved.

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