• Zea Boyle

The Sleep of Ophelia

Zea Boyle

Inspired by “Ophelia” (1852) by John Everett Millais

Grief swirls in her mind, a dark storm

Thrumming thunder approaching

Grief gushing like rain;

Large drops spreading throughout her head


Vibrant garlands occupy her mind,

She reaches to dangle dainty daisies,

Lacey lilacs, piercing poppes--

Ophelia slips


Melodic song flows from her lips

The forest watches

Ophelia falls


She lies,

Suspended on shimmering, glittering fabric,

Motionless

Ophelia floats


The willow weeps from her tune

Bright flowers like falling stars

Fading

Into the deep, clack stream


The dress sinks

The water seeps

The storm fades

Ophelia sleeps


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