Ariadne, Slipping: An Ode

Tolu Ogunlesi
Jun 26, 2023
Inspired by JoAnne Tucker’s painting, “The Kitchen Goddess”

To princesses whose crowns
constellate.

To Iustitia, sans scale
or blindfold.

To all the women
who make others famous.

To nymphs who stay awake
to blur lines

To witches who give
porridge to peasant girls.

To mothers who forget
the magic words.

To family trees full
of marbled matriarchs.

To choose between food
and freedom.

To be painted —
instead of sculpted.

To pose is to live
forever.

To lose balance is to learn
how not to find it.

Tolu Ogunlesi © 2023

First appeared online here

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Tolu Ogunlesi

Digital Communications for Nigerian Government, Journalist on Sabbatical