should I fly
crowns and rich apparel
dance and then depart
what magic can perform
An erasure poem — today’s suggestion from napowrimo.net — excerpted from Christopher Marlowe’s The tragical history of Doctor Faustus (1604). That was fun. (And — it is not cheating, I insist, to use the stage directions!)
image: Maskentanz (1929) by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938). I am informed and believe that this work is in the public domain in the United States, since copyright protection in Germany at the time endured for fifty years after the author’s death. Kirchner killed himself in 1938, a year after the Nazis declared his art “degenerate” and destroyed much of it.
Totally not cheating! I really enjoyed this one.
Thanks! I had fun writing it. And I like yours, too — I loved, loved, these lines: “they looked at stars / and saw blood…”