Medical Mädchen

The pious maid undone, the eye that
Clove the raven mirror, she that donned

The spectral mask and kissed the ring
Of primordial power. Emmeline, emboldened,

Cascading in a sea of stars; Emmeline, drowning,
Inexorable the ghostly sepulcher, where dragons

Gorged upon the innocent and the fairest
Pearl did fall; the abyss of wayward wanderers,

A red rose reaving, blue bloods beckoning, their
Lure intoxicating, windswept sighs. Emmeline,

Enshrouded, the citadel fading, the white coat
Blackening, ambition’s baleful song where

Minds dissolve upon the main; a seraph
Staggering, vanquished souls of a waning

Hourglass. Whereon she stepped upon
The bones amidst the mourning of the

Rains, she stepped upon the bones
Ungentle, she stepped upon the bones

Beyond the smoldering steppe, and
Was seared by the sun of a cruel

Dominion; hovering was the deathly
Angel, unwept the dirge of sorrow

David Penner’s articles on politics and health care have appeared in Dissident Voice, CounterPunch, Global Research, The Saker blog, OffGuardian and KevinMD; while his poetry can be found at Dissident Voice, Mad in America, and Also a photographer, he is the author of three books of portraiture: Faces of The New Economy, Faces of Manhattan Island, and Manhattan Pairs. He can be reached at Read other articles by David.