Mnemosyne by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
I would abdicate my throne
for one day of forgetfulness.
My spirit grieves the words
I have had to form to catalog
man’s errors when I was birthed
to create language for beauty.
While I can’t forget they refuse
to remember the sky was once blue,
the water was fresh, and hunger
didn’t create zombie’s fighting for bread.
My immortality is weighted with stones
wrapped around my vocal chords.
I have rattled heaven with my shouts
at humanity to stop killing the very
place that gives them life, but they won’t abate.
Watching death imprint its face on my memory
is an eternal curse I can’t escape;
nor can I run from the vocabulary
I must create to describe it.
©Susie Clevenger 2013
Mnemosyne was the Titan goddess of memory and remembrance and the inventress of language and words.