Tiresias

Written by: Ian Thomas Phillips

The man who spurned two love-wrought snakes 
   In reptilian copulation
      The blind seer, auspicious he
   And his clairvoyant recitation.

Born a male and died a man
   But for committing a transgression,
      Lived some years on the distaff side
   In a feminine intercession.

At the moral of the auger's tale,
   The head, interspecting, nods:
      We should take an active role
   In abiding by the gods.