Antigone!

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© Pipina D. Elles
Quo Vadis Sydney 2008

I first saw you,
by the sea shore…
Oh, Antigone!

Your white robe, soiled
made your face
unbearably pale!
There was a heavy
earthy smell
in the air,
that of a burial site!

Your eyes were
sad, cloudy
your lips
tight, gloomy.
You raised your arms
in the frightened air
decisively
and I witnessed
the chains
of your King,
broken!
Overwhelmed
I estimated
the impact
of your presence,
in that wilderness
Antigone!

Until I had witnessed
your presence
I was struggling
to hold
to reality…
to my sanity…
to save my soul
Antigone!

You are
a mere distraction
the antithesis
to the ruling chaos!
Antigone!..
You are!
a threat to me
to others
to all,
a heartless thorn
to our conscience,
a powerfully willed person
against all odds!

Your sisterly love
the respect to the sacred
your dignity
your faith…
all against the rules
of the power, against
your self preservation.

The indignant, the weaklings
why fear?
They overlook
ethics, pride, self discipline,
and more…
All these valuables
interwoven threads
in your tormented so
they have entangled
your girlish existence
within this squeamish
web of the king!

I clearly recall
the ruthless motion
the obscene rock
the guilty dark
the deadly cold
of Ades…

Your dignity, worthily
has crowned
the cloud of your hair
with the halo of a martyr!
Oh, Antigone…
Where did you draw
the strength from
to say “NO”
to the mighty Man?

I see you walking
alone in the wilderness
righteously free,
earnestly winning the title of
Female Rebel
Who’s plight was concluded
to a glorious finale !

2 Replies to “Antigone!”

  1. The beautiful words and captivating idea about Antigone are very impressive. The poem stays within your mind long after you have read it.
    Marilyn and Aris

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