The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #59418   Message #1455460
Posted By: Rapparee
08-Apr-05 - 12:33 PM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
She was a gordian shape of dazzling hue,        
Vermilion-spotted, golden, green, and blue;        
Striped like a zebra, freckled like a pard,        
Eyed like a peacock, and all crimson barr'd;              
And full of silver moons, that, as she breathed,        
Dissolv'd, or brighter shone, or interwreathed        
Their lustres with the gloomier tapestries—        
So rainbow-sided, touch'd with miseries,        
She seem'd, at once, some penanced lady elf,              
Some demon's mistress, or the demon's self.        
Upon her crest she wore a wannish fire        
Sprinkled with stars, like Ariadne's tiar:        
Her head was serpent, but ah, bitter-sweet!        
She had a woman's mouth with all its pearls complete:              
And for her eyes: what could such eyes do there        
But weep, and weep, that they were born so fair?        
As Proserpine still weeps for her Sicilian air.