The Gift of the Gods: The Tragedy of Mithridates the Great of Pontus, Part II

Chapter Three     “Is this the flower? I’ve never seen such deep color…” “Do not touch those petals!” warned Mithridates. “The sap is lethal.” “I must sketch this in my book, said Krateuas of Pergamon. “But where will I get such blushing crimson – like a sunset dipped in autumn storms! Not even in … Continue reading

The Gift of the Gods: The Tragedy of Mithridates the Great of Pontus

The Gift of the Gods   The Tragedy of Mithridates the Great of Pontus           Prelude: Night, the camp of the Romans       Will this darkness never end?   At least the rain has stopped.   But this blind wind increases – unseasonable cold blasts from the wrath of … Continue reading

Deception Pass

Deception Pass   Granite-blue waves dimpled with cross-current, almost swallowed in the monstrous tide,   a fishing boat creeps through Deception Pass disappears in the dragon’s breath behind Pass Island’s overhanging incisors under a high curving steel bridge, thin crossed lines engineered against the sky.   I.   Had I a palette of rocks to … Continue reading