The Kiss 2Mature

(Or, Cleopatra)


A Queen: men abandoned wives and empires, sacrificing strength to crocodile tears. A Pharaoh: she lies next to rich fabrics, sun-drenched ornaments, the wealth accrued from fertile flood-plains. A Legend: her acts are epics already, and always.

But her charm fades like the dog-star as the parching sun rises. Her golden skin is lined now by passions and fears. A serpent wrought in gold twists about her wrist. Dark asps entwine her arm and coil over her heart, having given their venomous kiss.


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