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     A Review of Poetry, Prose, and Art - Summer 2001


Poems by Pamela Moore Dionne

The golden Aryan. Siegfried, the child bridge. Mythical progeny. Our ideal. Our Idyll.
We are Sieglinde and Siegmund, brother and sister transgressing marriage – our onerous idol.

It was you convinced me Siegfried might be real. You tell me of the birth of Franz.
The son she bore – not I. You beg me for love. Say now we need our idyll.

This Siegfried who is not Siegfried leaves you doubled over weeping for pity.
My pity. You who called the infant desire mine alone, find it your ideal.

You wanted the child to breathe as human, a physical being. I thought him
sprung from our foreheads fully formed. Idealized love. Our idol.

What am I to do? In the myth Brünnhilde loves what Sieglinde loves – her baby son. Tell me,
does your wife become me in your arms at night? Is this version your ideal?

Gunther tricked Brünnhilde into the marriage bed, as you trick us.
I am filled with Brünnhilde's fury, the knife in my hand. I carve her idol.

Your bleeding is nothing compared to my raw womb. You have stolen Siegfried,
cast him somewhere between Purgatory and my white breast. New love is your idyll.

One day I will name this thing that drives you. I will put my finger on your heartbeat
and know your need – hold it on my tongue like blood and speak it – your idol.

I am corpse cold now. Dead to you. Sabina who loved perfection knows your vanity.
It is treacherous. You are the dream I create, my delusion. Conquest is your ideal.

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