Floating by Le Château de Pfalz

(Poem by Wendy Howe )

I have known her a long time.

Her stone head looms
on the low waters of the Rhine
and wears the gray tiara
of sea gulls circling
in the evening sun.

Those birds voice the restlessness
of river spirits in their song
while the castle hosts a few
who will always belong to her --

the priest
who loved the Baron's daughter,

the prophetess
who gathered bird skulls
and garnished their bone
with flowering ivy,

or me, an heiress
who died over-bleached in gold
hair dye and champagne.

Unlike them, I expired happy,
not tormented by fate or skill.

Everything glittered at once,
a second's gilded shadow
as I stood high-heeled
on the boat's brim toasting Wagner.

I slipped and gave myself
as a Rhine Maiden
to the tide stirring twilight

and trees sparing silver leaves
to pay my passage downstream.
© 2011, Wendy Howe. E-mail.

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