Tuesday, 20 September 2011

while the instrument plays

The Snake Charmer, Henri Rousseau, 1907






















I yearn for an opal ring
with a verve
I want to strengthen my bonds
with that snake charmer
I fake a yawn
while my heart races
he rubs his fingertips on his instrument
while I pick the threads
in the mirror of snake eyes
his muse has raw edge
in the corridors of betrayal
he offers sheep to the snakes

"I find omen in that dull opal ring,
thrust that dagger deep into him"

34 comments:

  1. Wow, this is a little scary, well done!

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  2. Nice--I like the darkness and animals that lurk in Rousseau's paintings.

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  3. I like how the poem and Rousseau's painting compliment each other -- your poem seems almost ekphrastic in nature. And it seems to me to speak to a shame that anyone who takes a "road less traveled" -- an alternate choice, especially something not favored by society or even frown upon -- battles with just. We women aren't supposed to like snakes or their charmer -- but this is all unsaid.

    -Nicole

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  4. Excellent piece. The ending brilliantly devised and placed. Thanks for the read

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  5. wow creepy and scary at the same time wonderfully done.

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  6. A superb use of the wordle words - It is dark, sensuous and mysterious.

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  7. A perfect combination of several prompts all woven into a masterpiece!

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  8. Oh, Gautami what a beautifully, dark
    piece of writing.

    Pamela

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  9. An ominous piece that fits the painting well.

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  10. Powerful feelings in your imagery!

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  11. An opal ring with a verve ... I can see it, flashing and sparkling with fire. Perfect image. Your poem is packed with splendid details.

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  12. Sophisticated and thought-provoking as usual, Gautami - I always love your poems. Greetings! M.

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  13. Woah, didn't see that ending coming. Powerful!

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  14. Exquisitely constructed and dark. Just how I like them. lol --So glad you are doing the wordle each week with us.
    Brenda

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  15. You are very good. Your vision is both unique and powerful. I imagine you would be an absolute master if I were able to read your native tongue.

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  16. Fascinating piece... find the darkness of this one rather intriguing.

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  17. You have drawn great power from the prompts.

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  18. Your narrator is trying hard not to be a sheep. All of Rousseau's paintings seem to have a calming quality about them, has she been fooled? This is such a beautiful and deep poem.

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  19. Thank you for your kind comments on my blog!
    This is a wonderful poem and I particularly liked the use of "opal" in your poem and it immediately took me to the opaline moon in the sky.

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  20. beautiful spin of words... i was lost in the web of ur imaginations....

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  21. Oh man...just beautiful words and scary image!

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  22. Shepherding snakes..what an amazing..head spinning thought..Jae

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  23. Well you used the 3WW words very well in just a few lines....
    Like your poem :)
    Take care !!

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  24. Great description of a character I'd be leery of.

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  25. Captivating. I just love the line:

    "while I pick the threads in the mirror of snake eyes"

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  26. Rousseau's painting goes perfectly with this poem, but even the poem alone creates such atmosphere. Excellent. Thanks for visiting my blog as well!

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