Antigone

Ed Meek

Others lied and deceived but you believed.

You’d lost one brother to another;

when he lay slain you chose between

the laws of the King and what you saw

as higher law.  And for your pains

what did you receive? No personal gain—

death at the hands of Creon, the King.

While your betrothed--Creon’s son,

so bereaved, having lost a wife

took his own life.  Today,

you almost seem naive and yet

we pay homage to you, Antigone.

Others lied and deceived

but you believed what you believed.

ABOUT THE WRITER:

Ed Meek’s poems have appeared in
Plume, The Sun, and The Paris Review. His new book, High Tide, is coming out in 2020.