Nina Sudhakar "Prescience"

 PC: Mason Pippenger

PC: Mason Pippenger

Cassandra is a figure in Greek mythology who was gifted the power of prophecy by Apollo in his attempt to seduce her. After she spurned his advances, he spit in her mouth and cursed her that no one would ever believe her predictions.
 

lured by incense / into the temple / I swallowed / lavender smoke / until the plumes / grew into pillars / toppled by his / grasping hands / am I to accept / every lustful god / am I to accept / my body as a commons / I had thought / that was already / the tragedy / I had yearned for paradisiac fortification / I had yearned to have aspirations / seared into my marrow / even my eye sockets / were welded to infinity / my skirt was raised / to let the past out / I see the future / is a fragile ecosystem / he made me promise / to leave nothing behind