A song of circles

Again these analog scratches amid the usual depressurisation of economy
– start and finish – a general headache- turbulences –
Between temporary paradigms – the worst thing is it will never stop
And we’re not even sure we will land …
Have a peppermint painkiller.

Again a handful of secrets exposed under false pretence of popular art
Standing on one leg as did the Indian Gods of old
– minus maybe the unmistakable musical penis
aimed right at you.

Decade-long interludes relief between timely deadlines
A field of graves the ever-expanding common mind :

90-99 you angsty as fuck
80-89 you sinewave bird songs on your Yamaha DX7
70-79 you minstrel sunflower fox even off stage even free
60-69 you protester loud headline melodies soft political machines
30-39 opium opium opium opium opium
00-09 you not absolved yet – Gilgamesh written

Interludes spent in the wings of history
Resonating when done like ripples from a pebble thrown
– memory circles outlasting memories
Fading out to the next track
Over the sizzle of the years
– the white noise after the silence


Cake writing challenge #64. Prompts : handful :: deadline :: birdsong :: headache :: resonate.

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6 responses to “A song of circles

  • SJ O'Hart

    I like sitting with your poems and letting the images build in my mind. Several of your word-pictures here are really interesting – I love the whole first stanza, which reminds me of something out of a Bret Easton Ellis novel. I’m thinking the pressures of modern life, collapsing economies, stress, unhappiness, all of which is picked up at the end in your wonderful image of ‘memory circles outlasting memories.’ I’m not sure what to make of the stanza with the numbers in it, and I’d love to know what your take on that section is – but of course if you’d prefer your readers to make up their own minds on that one, I understand! :) Interesting and thought-provoking work, as usual.

    • Godefroy D.

      It wasn’t intended to be cryptic, just the decades passing by in reverse with an ever-present you :) 90’s (grunge rock), 80’s (synthesizer mania), 70’s (prog rock, Genesis, Jethro Tull), 60’s (protest songs), 1830’s (opium wars), and the first decade after Christ.
      Thanks for the kind words :)

  • Elaine Peters

    I love the ‘sound’ of the last section, especially ‘the sizzle of the years’, but have to admit I didn’t get the decades bit.

  • patrickprinsloo

    I’m pleased to have read SJ’s and your response. Less esoteric now. Challenging stuff.

  • Elaine McKay

    I found your response to SJ interesting for the final two things on that list. ‘Peppermint painkiller’ is great.

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