Double Caryatid

Colleen Abel 


     (after Brancusi)     


Father shepherded us

as fathers do     drunken

good-natured     into life


Two daughters     a blow

he bore well     two chips

off the old block     he said


He sang us the Mioritza

told us     that the earth     too

has a double     sister world


full of people     blameless    

pure as mice      while most of us

will annihilate     in a great crack


of rent earth     This is why

he made us so     sturdy-ugly

bovine     bulky


He said beauty

or survival      you can

only pick one