I had your portrait memorized before I ever met you, Lilith
With the curves of the snake's path and abundance surrounding you
The night's cloak. They sent their angels to retrieve you.
Like the branches of a tree, how you reach and claw at me
Your child. But I never knew you, until I became you.
The Egyptian, the Jew.
With every seed you plot a forest of shadows,
Where unspoiled land would have grown trees.
Eden was desolated when I beheld you.
The woman that hung on my wall, who refused, who ran into the Red Sea
In search of an amulet, of terrible necessity, that saved me
Out of one hundred dark fairies, from the muse of chaos, half amphibian
How could I have told you, that I was your daughter? With the flesh
and bones of the dark goddess, yet without worship. Awaiting my flame
at the base of the stake, the white witch. ****** for your beauty
that makes my heart ache, in a blue and white mantle, with pointed toes.
Always to you, the arrow on the compass twitches. For you, I throw
flowers on the steps of the cathedral. To kiss the face of the mother,
The lover, with forked tongue and jeweled eyes, I become you.