vermilion

~

may be

it was
a
skyburnt
instant

to mix mercury with sulfur
and exorcize the azure of tranquility

to drift like a fury-spreading symbol
over the guillotine of dreams

…choose the low…
of an unyielding fire
opening windows
into wilderness

like a moth toiling
through torn night air
to be inflamed
blasphemously

but

there echoes
the pulse of wings

although the world is asleep

unreachable
lost in flutter
exiled too deep
into the somber forest
of a magie noire
nightmare

unfolding
another
morning

again

.

.

.

.

.

yelena, 2012 (revised)

8 thoughts on “vermilion

  1. I love the imagery here–beautiful piece

  2. Lyric melancholy, beautiful!

  3. Ursa Bowers says:

    Beautiful! Fantastic word choice throughout (“a fury-spreading symbol,” “exorcize the azure of tranquility,” “a moth toiling / through torn night air,” mmmm) and I loved the breathiness and hesitation of the short lines.

  4. I like the “sky burst instant” and the feeling of so much hidden activity in the quiet of pre-dawn.

  5. Love the strong imagery and quick flow to this. Lots of texture and quite a story as well. I think your opening lines are the strongest and really grab the readers the attention.

  6. wolfsrosebud says:

    felt the struggle… that poor moth

  7. Martin says:

    I needed a while to find an inner image for your poem. But I think the most beautiful flowers are those that don’t reveal their beauty at first glance.

    “there echoes the pulse of wings” – I take it as the essence : )

  8. penpusherpen says:

    Loved the descriptive verses, and the shaping too, I find shaping ‘adds’ something extra… meaning wise… methinks… xx

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