Herodias’ Revenge

“Revenge is a dish best served cold,”
someone said; but it burns in your veins,
beating you without remorse until
the heat sears out sweet reason,
with its cool, calm attempts at peace;
its urgent rationale adds fuel to the fire
which smelts the mind,
melts the soul in white anger.
Who looks at another with hatred
commits murder in their heart;
he has killed her over, she thinks,
it is time for him to depart.

But the plattered head, barely cool, chills her,
and revenge is frozen by his still-speaking eyes.

About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing (Upper Room Books, 2020). She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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