Oleander

Did Marlowe’s Hero call her hero
Olly across the waves? an echo
of childhood in those names——
Hibiscus, Magnolia, Rhododendron,
Hydrangea, Camillia, and one
I can’t recall——not Greta Garbo
sacrificing happiness for true love’s sake,
a whiff of decay beneath the flounces,
the languor of defeat, no——a memory
of colour and texture, papery or plastic,
the smell of earth, and oddly, the one I forgot,
I do remember by repute—— Poison!
we were warned as children,
Do Not Touch! that one
I don’t remember was, of course,
dear Hero’s true heart,
O’doomed Leander.

14 March

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About Francesca Jurate Sasnaitis

Me = Francesca Jurate Kristina Sasnaitis... also known as Jūrytė/ Jūrytėle/ Jūračiuk/ Jurachook/ U-Russia/ Urata/ Rata/ Jay-bird/ Jay-peg/ Miss J/ Big J/ France/ Franca.... Sasna/ Fox/ Greville/ Knight... and Nerada Netis... as far as I can remember... oh, and there's still room for Kristina... somewhere, sometime... Me = drew, painted, made sculpture, then stopped; printed photographs, then stopped; wrote, then stopped; made furniture, then stopped; made prints, then stopped; became a bookseller and stopped; wrote some more, kept writing some... and more... started painting again... sold a few more books... stopped... wrote some more, kept writing some... and more... and now seeing words, writing images... was that last bit too wanky? What goes around comes around, I guess...
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