The Archaic Torso of Apollo, by Carol Light

The Archaic Torso of Apollo

by Carol Light
—After Rilke

This guy’s lost his head
but, Jesus, what radiance gleams
beneath the pectorals, and,
as the eye follows the contours south
toward genesis, well,
one could go blind smiling.

Sure, the surface is stone,
chipped here and there,
but who wouldn’t be taken
by those shoulders
and underneath, can’t you see
the blaze? A star goes nova
inside you. You can’t hide
anymore. You must
get a life.

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One Response to “The Archaic Torso of Apollo, by Carol Light”
  1. waningandwaxing says:

    Love the style of the first stanza! Great piece!

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