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This poem is taken from PN Review 9, Volume 6 Number 1, September - October 1979.

Three for Watermusic Donald Davie

THE FOUNTAIN OF CYANE

Her father's brother rapes her!
                                In the bright
Ovidian colours all is for delight,
The inadmissible minglings are recounted
With such finesse: the beery ram that mounted
His niece and, hissing "Belt up", had her, is
Hell's grizzly monarch gaunt in tapestries;
The thrashing pallid skivvy under him
A vegetation myth; the stinking slum
Is Enna's field where Phoebus ne'er invades
The tufted fences, nor offends the shades;
And her guffawing Ma assumes the land,
Coarsely divine, cacophonous, gin in hand
Sky-blue, dark-blue, sea-green, cerulean dyes
Dye into fables what we'd hoped were lies
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