Bethany W Pope

Hippocampus and Amygdala

The water of Lethe is clear and sweet —
You don’t need to remember the barn, or the closet.
A draught of the past will reduce you to meat,
Pounded blood-and-bone, steaming on hay. Treat
Trash like trash. Sweep it away. Don’t let it set.
The water of Lethe is clear and sweet —
It comes bottled in an orgasm; great,
Shuddering relief, followed by sleep. Pet,
A draught of the past will reduce you to meat.
Avoid things you once liked — a cow’s sour-sweet
Breath, the liquor-stench of silage. Forget it.
The water of Lethe is clear and sweet,
And it comes with a price. A terrible heat
Spreads out from the almond and seahorse. Regret’s
A draught of the past. It will reduce you to meat.
Grown-up little-girl, what on earth do you want?
Paradoxical erasure, your life; incomplete?
The water of Lethe is clear and sweet;
A draught of the past will reduce you to meat.

Copyright © Bethany W Pope 2016

Bethany W Pope is an award-winning writer. She received her PhD from Aberystwyth University’s Creative Writing program, and her MA from the University of Wales Trinity St David. She has published several collections of poetry: A Radiance (Cultured Llama, 2012) Crown of Thorns,(Oneiros Books, 2013), The Gospel of Flies (Writing Knights Press 2014), and Undisturbed Circles(Lapwing, 2014). Her collection The Rag and Boneyard, shall be published soon by Indigo Dreams and her chapbook Among The White Roots Will be released by Three Drops Press next autumn. Her first novel, Masque, shall be published by Seren in 2016.

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