“tamburlaine the great” – “sunrise (medusa)” – “house of atreus”

TAMBURLAINE THE GREAT

Son of a shepherd Maggot of God

Maggot of God your horses have trampled

Trampled Persepolis

Pissed out the Nile

Black are your helmet spurs spear and cannon

Heads of your brides are white and gold

Son of a shepherd Maggot of God

My kind lord Bajazeth thrown in a cage

Fed rotten lamb he was prodded and puked

Cried as the horses trampled his brain

Bashed out his head against the bars

My lady Zenobia followed him soon

Seat of a kingdom a hole in the earth

Where can I find the place of a skull

Son of a shepherd Maggot of God

Blood is rule where its drops have spilled

Maggot of God your horses have trampled

Trampled your sons as they slept in their tents

Hooves raised high your horses were foaming

Trampled the turrets swallowed the roads

Son of a shepherd Maggot of God

Maggot of God your horses have trampled

My kind lord screamed as they trampled his brain

Approaching the tower is Tamburlaine

Trampled the turrets swallowed the roads

Half the map down the gullet

Blood is the rule a hole in the earth

Where can I find the place of a skull

SUNRISE (MEDUSA)

Somewhere

In a cell

That is not a cell

Pokes her fingers

Through the bullet holes

In the wall

Too small

The sun

A thought

Best forgotten

Her hair falls

Here

There

Outside

The snakes eat themselves

And yawn

Sleeping off

Their last meal

HOUSE OF ATREUS

Babies

Shoved back inside

The blood maw

Would be no worse

Than to endure

This curse

Father to son

Mother to Fury

To Kindly One

A long line of spit

Dripping black

Give us light

If you’re really a god

Give us fire

To burn the palisade

Give us children

Free from the jaws

Of a never-sated

Gore-grinning

Fate

— Max Thrax lives in Boston. His stories and poetry have appeared in Bristol Noir, Punk Noir, Shotgun Honey, and Versification. His novella God Is A Killer (Close To The Bone) will be published in May 2022. Find him online at www.maxthrax.com or on Twitter @ThraxMaximilian.

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