tiresias speaks from hades (20170306)

what did oedipus see
after he pinned his eyes
in place in his skull

all

he banished himself
not because he was unfit to be king
not because he had brought a curse upon thebes
but now he could see light in every corner
under every stool

he could not bear the illumination

he was tempted to pull those pins free
but stayed his hand

if his eyes ever moved again
rolling in his sockets
their sudden freedom
would have blanketed him in darkness
and his sleep would have been peaceful
and his voice silent

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