New Poetry: After Jocasta

May 22, 2019

After Jocasta

A poem by Joshua Gibbs

 

Betrayal revealed terminal illness soberly

diagnosed infidelities illuminated

accidentally pious superstitions doubted

for a lifetime then confirmed

suddenly in blood

on the doorstep

 

such horrors never fail to draw

this lament from our lips:

I should have known

 

But this is not the judgment

of the soul

for the soul responds:

Oh

but you did know

Joshua Gibbs

Joshua Gibbs

Joshua Gibbs is an author, lecturer, and teacher of classical literature at Veritas School in Richmond, Virginia. He is the author of How To Be Unlucky, Something They Will Not Forget, and Blasphemers. His wife is generous and his children are funny.

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