Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Leonard Cohen

Tuesday, June 2, 2015


photo by Toni Frissell 

Beyond repair
I drift back home
Some say life
began in water
that existence was crafted
out of a soup
So I chance to return
add my frame to the mix
Bones are a good beginning

I will keep the obol
locked in my teeth
Ride the sea's billows
ready to deal my way 
across the last river

Perhaps I will hear
the mermaids sing
Add my voice
to the sirens' call
the fiery despair
that burns my heart
finally will be extinguished

Even if
I wander the banks
of nothingness 
a wraith 
for one hundred years
What does it matter?
I am already a ghost.

submitted for Magpie Tales, Mag 272, Sunday Whirl, Wordle 205, and Imaginary Garden With Real Toads, Tuesday Platform


Unknown said...

Your piece carries the reader from creation to death. So many images of substance in the tween!

Kathe W. said...

introspective and sad.

brudberg said...

The last line that makes me think.. Being dead in life is such a sad thought,

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Melancholic yet beautiful :)

Brother Ollie said...

dark piece - adeptly crafted

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Sad message told in beautiful words.

Kutamun said...

A hundred years is a mere drop in the ocean to a wraith .....

Kerry O'Connor said...

Oooh! That last line really seals the deal. Great interpretation of the photo.

cosmos cami said...

I love this picture anyway, but what you have written is precious and a beautiful gift. I love this.

Theresa Milstein said...

"I will keep the obol
locked in my teeth
Ride the sea's billows"

Great lines!

Like the imagery of coming from soup.

Also like the haunting last line.

Unknown said...

This is fantastic, dark and beautiful. I really enjoyed it.

Truedessa said...

This carries the reader through the journey of life..some moments filled with darkness doing the back float. Sometimes in life we feel like a ghost almost invisible to those around us.

Anonymous said...

Gosh! That was intense and awesome.

C.C. said...

Longing for that despair to finally be extinguished....wow, powerful piece.

Helena said...

Deep and intense, kiddo....! Perfect for the picture prompt.

Berowne said...

Sopa de piedras...

Blogoratti said...

I thought that was lovely, and the photos is so apt.

Tess Kincaid said...

Beautiful write, Mouse...

Margaret said...

"bones are a good beginning" & also for chicken soup :)

Bekkie Sanchez said...

Bones are good for soup but I felt a slight freedom in it.