Monday, September 14, 2009


The Phantom Cart ~ Salvador Dali

Falling inward I taste the sun
And swallow whole hook line and sinker
Evaporation takes the beads of light
So long enjoyed as wisdom

The dogs of autumn chase the dust
And bark at cattle passing
I taste the air and smooth my hair
And cast my limbo shadow

Being not bound by duties base
Nor visions of heaven scented
This dragon’s breath peels the paint
That the centuries cast upon

The face of a nation’s plunders
Legitimised lobotomised pseudo-serene
Stripped to skulls in pyramid piles
Here or there or somewhere in-between

Head and claws for ant empires to anger
Surround impound and set in stone
Worship a past too clean for comfort
Where eyes upraised a fantasy deluded

But who am I to pass these pints
Of blood and bone and ether
I who have no pedestal to stand in stone
Nor right the height to claim

And falling from this fever dream
I find my mouth is full of feathers
You hold me close and kiss my throat
And name me chicken killer


James Higham said...

If the cap fits.

Anonymous said...

"Evaporation takes the beads of light so long enjoyed as wisdom"...feels familiar to me...somehow...

Pisces Iscariot said...

James: I'll wear it proudly

Subby: I think it comes with middle age :)

Mariana Soffer said...

Great text, quite spooky, It reminds me of the pagan rituals done with chicken blood in the amazons. And the protagonist seems to be part of it.
My god

Anonymous said...

Pisces, being as I'm at the half-way point...( heh, "half-life" works better for me than "middle age" )...

Pisces Iscariot said...

Mariana: I like your interpretation - bones, blood and ritual

Subby: half-life would be good - lets hope the middle ages are not also the dark ages :)

the walking man said...

The fifth sir, the fifth resonates so clearly.

Pisces Iscariot said...

walking man: the ant empires are stirring

Harlequin said...

quite the introspective retrospective; unflinching.
the work is compelling for anyone wishing to be self honest... or not...
also like how you braid image and emotion...
I find this feature of much of your expressions and I think you use it quite effectively.

Pisces Iscariot said...

Harlequin: ironically, blogging under a pseudonym allows both self-honesty and self-delusion :B
I appreciate your observations as I do make every attempt to do things without recourse to the obvious; the cliche; or the 'done before'.

Anonymous said...

Well I am not sure I can do justice to your words written, but I am thinking, they are very brain waking.The images are what really grabs me and I see you are from my part of the world *dance*

Pisces Iscariot said...

Sarah: happy to wake any brains passing - *dance* backatcha