Obituary for a Sphinx

By Merle Molofsky

At the cliff’s edge she reads
her death in the eyes of a stranger,
a king.
“Your mystery is no mystery.”
In his lucidity he does not fear
the lioness, the she-eagle.
In his rape of riddle he sees
only her fetal face, empty of enigma.
Such clarity of vision.

At the cliff’s edge she reads
her death in the eyes of a king,
stranger to the mystery
of his origins. She reads
his sightless destiny.
“Plague-bearer!”
In his lucidity he does not fear
the suicide.

Entering Thebes, in full glory of manhood,
he falls in love.


Merle Molofsky, psychoanalyst and poet, serves on the boards of IFPE and NAAP and the editorial board of The Psychoanalytic Review. Articles in The Psychoanalytic Review,
Journal of Religion of Health.

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