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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

BATTLE OF THE HAUNTS (photomorph) & LOVE SLAIN (free verse dream poem) by Roswila


the look on her pale face that radiates oddly, might be
comical were it not for the terrible sadness washing through it
like an inevitable surf: he’s caught out the truth of her torturous
trip to this massive graveyard on the hill; no, not simply to view
the burial site of her love who’s interred here (whom she both
dreadfully misses and is grateful is gone) but that she’s
the murderer that necessitated another grave be added
to this monstrous mound of mourning; the man who’s sussed
out this truth touches her lightly on her shoulder reassuring
her it’s nothing new at all, that everyone (as the old poem
propounds) kills the one they love*; that in fact, love truly
does make the world go ‘round:
love slain

[free verse poem on a dream of 5-21-19. *I dreamed this famous assertion from the poem:"The Ballad of Reading Gaol," by Oscar Wilde; most relevant: first and last stanzas. I should fess up that I’d not ever read the entire poem before googling it this morning. I also read a few analyses of it today and don’t fully agree with any of them. In any case, it’s an intense poem, well worth the time to read. BTW, the Christian references don’t resonate all that well with me -- though one can certainly understand Christ’s crucifixion as the killing of love -- as I'm not Christian. So, I choose to place the spiritual references in a psychological context. Even as I wonder if there's any analysis of this poem out there, recognizing what I see as a possible parallel being made between the person executed for murder and the crucifixion of Christ. Even between the poet himself and Christ. Photo: “Battle of the Haunts” (1-2-18 007vf[2]) by Roswila]

PLEASE NOTE: in most browsers you can click on the above image for a larger version. Also, the photo accompanying a post is not necessarily meant to illustrate it, but to reflect some small, even slant aspect of the verse, similar to Japanese haiga (illustrated haiku).

There are many other sorts of posts on this blog. I indicate which are about or influenced by dreams. Some non dream focused posts are book reviews, "regular" poems (some by other writers), scifaiku, writing exercises, Tarot haiku, photos, haiga, and so on. However, most of those are in much older posts. There's a listing by month going back to early 2006, at the end of the sidebar.

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until next time, keep dreaming,

[a/k/a Patricia Kelly]
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