Fe-male Asp

Anwar idolizes Cleopatra
Her make-up
Her gold
Her armor
Her aura.

Anwar went to Egypt
From Sri Lanka
To see her mausoleum
Her mirror
Her antipara.

Anwar is a feminist
And Cleopatra is his ideal girl
She’s strong
And beautiful, of course.

Cleopatra was powerful
In love, at the same time
Caesar and Antony, both in her hands,
Both defeated her—
Power and love.

Her body, for Anwar, is a holy shrine
Her face, for Anwar, is an ancient Goddess
Little did he know,
Her eyes, speak of naught—
Her breast means death.


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