Almanac Poetry: Ariadne Threadless



Ariadne asleep at Hypnos’s side. Detail of ancient fresco in Pompeii. [Source: Sailko/Wikimedia Commons]


Ariadne Threadless


Trailing a thread behind her,
Ariadne made her way through the maze.
It would be easy to get out
– such was her smug conviction.


But suddenly she turned around
horrified to find the Minotaur
leering, crouched in a corner.
His scissors glinted


in a fleeting shaft of light.



(Acknowledgements: first published in Centoria, 2001; then in my first poetry collection Vigorous Vernacular, Picaro Press, 2008 – reprinted by Ginninderra Press, 2018.)



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Kevin Densley is a graduate of both Deakin University and The University of Melbourne. He has taught writing and literature in numerous Victorian universities and TAFES. He is a poet and writer-in-general. His fifth book-length poetry collection, Please Feed the Macaws ... I'm Feeling Too Indolent, was published in late 2023 by Ginninderra Press. He is also the co-author of ten play collections for young people, as well as a multi Green Room Award nominated play, Last Chance Gas, which was published by Currency Press. Other writing includes screenplays for educational films.

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