Cassandra

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Text taken in part from Aeschylus's Agamemnon. Recorded during the power outage in NJ during hurricane Sandy, by candlelight. Strings overdubbed later.

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Don't lift an eyebrow -
he's a wicked act to follow.
With bone and marrow:
all I offer thee, Apollo!
All I own!

Why do I wear these mockeries upon my body?
Sweet roses and this staff of prophesy.
(out, down, down)

(PEACE PEACE poor woman,
put those bitter lips to sleep!
What man is it who moves this beastly thing to be?)

My moment was extraordinary!
(did you possess it?)
I was there motionless! I see!
(you see fantasy!)

King of the ships:
(with their airs of vanity)
what can he know of this?

Apollo!
King of light!
Aye me, the pain!
What shall I call her?
What beast of loathing?
Viper double fanged
Scylla of the Rocks-
the bane!
How she stood aloud and howled!
Forever unashamed!

The lesser Ajax has pressed on my back my trust I had woven into flax.
What does it matter now;
if men believe it so?
What is to come will come.

(PEACE PEACE poor woman!
May it somehow fail to come)

In lieu of yielding I will choose these auguries.
For what can woman make but treachery?

This is the lioness who goes to bed with the wolf
when her pride goes away
either way.

No motion forward;
no prey where I start from.

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from Lilith, released June 15, 2013

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