Monday, July 20, 2009

Fillet Weld

Dragon's Pleasure ~ Jacek Yerka

Kept the world at bay
With a short-leash chain hyena grinning
Set my shutter to time-delay
And wound the tape back to the beginning

Told ordinary tales of arbitrary heart-breaking
Blew eons against the chalk cliffs of selfish solitude
On legs of starfish urchin arachnid aching
Ghosts came in angry waves of varying amplitude

Set full-sailed armadas of sinking ships
To mount anxious attacks on Cartesian windmills
Arabesques of thoughtless Freudian slips
And weld bluntly Occam’s analytical skills

On passengers bedecked like kings and tsars
Whose keels scraped reef beneath powder plot noses
And gazes cast outward to behold the stars
In a splintered and petal-strewn bed of poses


James Higham said...

Arabesques - both thinking of them at the same time.

Silver said...

visiting my poetry friends today..


Mariana Soffer said...

Interesting ´poem. Lots of wild life and basic instincts in this

Anonymous said...

Hmmm...that last part brings the Titanic and Lusitania to mind...that is, when one can tear one's-self away from that incredible painting...

Tom said...

Dragon painting is too cool for words & loved the question... who decides how to spell czar and when and where to spell tsar...etc...

Jimmy Bastard said...

As rough sounding as a slate layers nail bag... just as I like them.

One of your best!

Pisces Iscariot said...

James: great minds etc

Mariana: aren't they all (basic I mean) :)

Subby: check out the rest of his paintings - they're fantastic

Tom: apparently 'tsar' is the english spelling - czar derives from the cyrillic.

Jimmy: never put your hand in a slate layers nail bag ;]

the walking man said...

What is the benefit of rewinding a tape already recorded or using the time delay on the shutter. That armada's will come whether there be record of them or not and keels will scrape or not and only if the bed's petals have a pleasant scent will I strike a pose upon it.

I liked this ramble through your head very much PI...the image of Occam sitting at the table struck me as very astute in its context. Thank you for this writing.

Pisces Iscariot said...

walking man: I'm happy to supply odd thoughts through which to ramble - glad you enjoyed :)

Anonymous said...

My first reaction was 'where do you get these amazing pictures???' - so thanks for the link to Yerka- have just had some pleasurable browsing there.

I have to admit I find this poem difficult (*shy of showing ignorance*) but will endeavour to wrestle with it, which is part of the enjoyment after all.

Pisces Iscariot said...

Cinnamon: no need to wrestle with it, it is a series of images that I had in my mind, transposed into words :)

Harlequin said...

I loved this poem.
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I would leave a wall of stones ... but you get my drift...