His fatherly love was a foreign country

All cut and thrust and emotional obviate

No physical boundaries and no commitment


Her needs were greater

Than simplistic supine surrender

at the border of his lust.


She needed a soul

Preferably on a platter

Served with a side order of motherly love.


©Alison Jean Hankinson

At poetics for d’Verse we were given border as a prompt. My poem is based on the Richard Strauss version of Salomé which was the first opera I ever went to see in Manchester 1985.

The image is The Dancer’s Reward and is available in the public domain:





Author: alisonhankinson

Walking tall whenever I can.

29 thoughts on “Salomé”

  1. Salome may have gotten a bad rap biblically; making me wonder why she became so pissed at John the Baptist–like Delilah, it would be cool to know the rest of the story; like when I read Howard Fast’s book on George Washington in 1957, and began to realize that George was a regular, albeit tall, dude with wooden teeth.

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    1. I think it was her mum that was annoyed with him- if my memory serves me…I think she did it for her mum…Richard Strauss was fascinated by oedipus and Elektra complexes.


  2. Sharp as the knife used to…oh my. Like others I too love that line ‘a side of motherly love’. I read a book during my recovery from anorexia called The Hungry Self by Kim Chernin and she talked very specifically about the connection between appetite, nourishment and moms. It’s kind of a big job. Beautiful writing here.

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