Oedipus: The cresting road to Thebes I strode.
Two wounded feet my primal load.
My true father’s touch — a goad
This shepherd boy repulsed, there know’d.
Chorus of Angels: Unbound!
Oed.: The Sphinx’s tale once by me shorn,
The state ingratiated. My horn
The matrilineal sheath suborned.
Three future eclipsed stars were born.
Oed.: To nefarity I gave my awl.
Such peerless orbits’ obits scrawled
In jellied blood did scald
One face. Three maws. Two mauled.
Oed.: The road to Colonus we cobbled.
The good girl led, after whom I hobbled.
Righteousness my wasted force redoubled.
Iam requiescam, ne’er more troubled.
by Jeremiah Duboff, who blogs as Jeremayakovka.
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