Aesthetic Realism Online Library Poetry by Eli Siegel

Naera Says “Coming” No Longer

Assyrian palaces with ladies in them disporting themselves.

“Ho there, Naera,” cries the eager monarch.

“Coming,”cries Naera.

And the monarch is glad.

Where is Assyria? where are the palaces? where is the monarch? where is the willing lady, Naera ?

So, so, Assyria goes, and ladies go; and voluptuous monarchs forget voluptuous, pleasure-giving ladies; and things are quiet; and Assyria is no more; and Naera says no longer “Coming” to the monarch Kharkar's, “Ho there, Naera.”