the streets of ilium

maybe cassandra loved older
men. that perhaps in the wide
flame of all outdoors she threw
her hair back to the sky, and thought

about loving older men.

the streets of ilium look like city blocks-
they look like

southern cities that are old and are

hot in the summer. and a man
with three fingers

plays bach on an old guitar in the
street. children listen. cassandra sits
in the fields with her hair curled and the
grass dying from the winter,
and thinks about loving older men.

the man with three fingers
is married. he is wearing
a gold ring. it reminds a girl
of the sun because she does not
belong to it, and it stretches wide
as the sky.

cassandra remembers ilium