Hecuba on the Shores of Da Nang, 1965
Again the sea-machines creep from the east,
their Cronus jaws unlatched and pups expelled.
The scene the same. Again. Again. The sand
now boot-lace muck, the rutted shore resigned.
No words will do. Laments will not withstand
this thrashing tide. It's time for snarling beast-
speak. Gnash-rattle. Fracas-snap. Unmuzzled
hell-hound chorus unbound from roughened tongues.
Kynos-sema keen-keen lash-kaak nein grind
then ground and rot and reek and teeth and grief
and gabble ratchet growl: custodian
of woe. It doesn't end. Fleets on the reef,
horizon buckling. To meet what comes
the body cleaves from all that is human.
Originally published in Adanna Literary Journal. Copyright © 2013 by Deborah Paredez. Used with permission of the author.
Deborah Paredez is the author of This Side of Skin (Wings Press, 2002).
Date Published: 2017-10-03
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/hecuba-shores-da-nang-1965