Saturday, May 10, 2014

Paolo and Francesca

By X. Z. Shao

Paolo and Francesca
are seen in
Blake’s whirlwind
Rodin’s Kiss,
and Rossetti’s dreamy hues.
Thousands have joined them
to moan their fate,
in social media
and on stage.
Dante in exile
heard their story
and put down just a few lines in his books.
Why is there such an endless repercussion?
Maybe due to their innocent love
facilitated by a romantic book
and a passion ended in
their unnatural deaths.
Maybe, in every moaner’s heart,
there is a hidden impulse,
just as they had,
ready to explode out of control.


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