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Cassiopeia

She hangs upside down in her night sky chair,
Chained to the heavens by ropes of bright stars
With rubescent cheeks and moonlight-soaked hair.
 
Wrists raw with redness of eternal scars,
Her silver tears drop like gems to the sea,
Chained to the heavens by ropes of bright stars.
 
Cursed by Poseidon, she'll never be free.
Punished for claiming the beauty of gods,  
Her silver tears drop like gems to the sea.

She wallows in shame, so lovely and flawed.
Regrets bloom like roses with crimson thorns,
Punished for claiming the beauty of gods.

Jailed by nighttime, her weary soul mourns,
Weeping for freedom that will never be. 
Regrets bloom like roses with crimson thorns.

Pinned there forever, unable to flee,
She hangs upside down in her night sky chair,
Weeping for freedom that will never be, 
With rubescent cheeks and moonlight-soaked hair.

Five little stars
Represent her fate
Can she see us staring?

*Based on the mythological story of Queen Cassiopeia and her constellation


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  1. Date: 4/12/2013 9:43:00 AM
    And yeah, my brothers and I are very close. My older brother and I went to China together a few times over the years...

  1. Date: 4/12/2013 9:40:00 AM
    I've heard of Cassiopeia ... but this is the first time I've heard the story....you are an excellent story-teller, ya know?...and such a range of talent...

  1. Date: 3/3/2013 7:00:00 PM
    Hullo, Heather. Thank you kindly for faving my tanka-haibun, especially since it is such a rambling piece -- when pieces go beyond a certain word-count, I have found that they aren't always very popular with many people on PS. I've already commented on this poem, but flying-by to offer an open fav this time. An exquisitely brilliant poem.

  1. Date: 2/15/2013 2:05:00 PM
    I read this one again, I see why you like this form, you are very skilled at it. This is a stunning piece.

  1. Date: 1/12/2013 11:46:00 AM
    Heather,Congratulations, a wonderful win*SKAT

  1. Date: 1/12/2013 11:08:00 AM
    Heather congrats on your win, very enjoyable write...David

  1. Date: 1/12/2013 10:52:00 AM
    I toldja I would see this on the winners list! I love it, Heather- such a wonderful fantasy you depict :) Congrats to you!

  1. Date: 1/12/2013 5:06:00 AM
    Stunning and beautiful, Heather...congrats on your win - Tim

  1. Date: 1/12/2013 3:18:00 AM
    Smashing write Heather, and congratulations on your winning spot xx

  1. Date: 1/11/2013 9:47:00 PM
    Loved it Heather....Seren

  1. Date: 1/11/2013 9:46:00 PM
    Heather.. I'm here to offer support In Richard's "Terzanelle Fantasy with a Questionku Chaser " contest.. :-) CONGRATULATIONS (-: good night~ PD

  1. Date: 1/11/2013 7:56:00 PM
    Beautiful Heather, I love how your poetry ties the stars together! Congratulations... E=mc²

  1. Date: 1/11/2013 7:35:00 PM
    Lovely concept and excellent use of form! Congrads on your win Light & Love

  1. Date: 1/11/2013 7:32:00 PM
    Congrats Heather on your super win Great beauty in this poem xxx

  1. Date: 1/11/2013 6:44:00 PM
    Way to go, excellent work. Congrats on a terrific entry.

  1. Date: 1/8/2013 9:01:00 PM
    Cassiopeia always has fascinated me. The constellation and the story behind it. I love the moonlight soaked hair and tears falling into the sea.

  1. Date: 12/31/2012 6:05:00 AM
    that was amazing!

  1. Date: 12/22/2012 2:17:00 PM
    This is absolutely beautiful....!

  1. Date: 12/20/2012 4:03:00 PM
    You did an AMAZING job, honestly I expect to see this as the first place winner

  1. Date: 12/19/2012 4:35:00 PM
    wow, you really brought this constellation to life with the wonderful imagery you used. And your questionku fit perfectly with it. Probably the best match i've yet seen of questionku with terzanelle. This has GOT to be a winner.

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