I recall the two-tonged tale of painful sting
Plaiting Rome and Egypt in inbred plight
Capacious basketing for such cruel means
Held the place of nobility

Observe the fading trace in supine pose
Bewitching genus in woven tissue
Garnished in golden filament
Ethereal winged vapors

Do you mark my view?
Close the eye and witness legend
As celled union is performed
As piercing and puncture arrange her prone

Her gaze is bold
This ill-fated Olympia.

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from The Third Age in Paris
by Arleen T. McCormack

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