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The Devil Has no Horns

In Simple words The devil has no horns She wears smaug balm, Oh, Lord of the Rings She sleeps in El Dorado Street, the Hotels of Svengali She lives on Babbit lane, and reads Currer Bell She loves Billy Joel, “we didn’t start the fire” She eats at the Lothario Restaurant In Simple words Her lips are hot, like a furnace for Prufrock Her hips collapse both ways, like Cassandra She drinks Starnbergersee, the Kingly Brand She is full of images that kill honchos When you see Aphrodite, don’t look at her Total comeuppance In Simple words She is Lady Macbeth, ask Shakespeare She is Estella, Concoction of expectations She is Milady De Winter, Dumas Doomsday She is Carmilla of Carmilla, talk to Sheridan Le Fanu She is Gillian's Amy Dunne, Downright evil She is Gaiman's callous Coraline, stone and cold La Belle Dame Sans Merci In Simple words The Egyptian Book of the Dead lives The Epitaphs are scratched by pussy cats Brazen with macabre fingerprints Odysseus wept, Circe and Calypso Left Boewulf is gone, His Angeline is Jolly Gilgamesh and Enkidu perished Samson of Delilah, Adam of Eden Othello of Desdemona, Urshu of the Gods And in my countryside village An innocent Boy called Egekone Bori Notes: Apart from Smaug a rich fictional character in the film, "Lord of the Rings", the images are drawn from literature and mythology: Svengali is a fictitious Man with hypnotic power found in George du Mauriels romantic novel, "Trilby"; El Dorado is known for its imagined wealth; Babbit is Sinclair Lewis's materialistic character; Currer Bell was pen name to allow the publication of Charllotte Bronte; "we didnt start the fire" is a song by Billy Joel; Lothario is the seductive woman in "The Fair Penitent", by Nicholas Rowe; Prufrock is a confused character in T.S Eliot's poem "The love Song of J Alfred Prufrock." Aphrodite is the famous peculiar yet cantankerous goddess. The 3rd stanza focuses on some of the most evil characters in literature known to me and of course "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" is the outright reference to John Keats merciless girl). In the fourth stanza, I have drawn from the "Egyptian Book of the Dead"; Also remember Angeline Jole, the female evil one in "Boewulf"; the "Epic of Gilgamesh"; and Shakespeare's Othello. Urshu is the god who dies though he resurrects in the deus ex machina applied in the famous movie, "The Gods of Egypt". "Egekone Bori" is an Expression among the Abagusii in Western dwelling of Kenya that means "the strange one"

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Date: 3/23/2020 8:44:00 AM
This is my kind of poetry! I love!
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Date: 2/29/2020 12:45:00 AM
brilliant. indeed the devil has no horns...lol. Love it.
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peter Onyancha
Date: 2/29/2020 1:02:00 AM
Thanks Lady Labyrinth. Your name reminds me of the poet Christopher Okigbo.