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28 comments:

Björn Rudberg said...

Wonderful pairing.. intriguing how you concentrate on the hands. The howls from the hungry wolfs.. are so unsettling..

Claudia said...

oh heck...the knives singing them to sleep...gave me the chills... the hungry wolf howls as well...awesome and unsettling images anthony

Glenn Buttkus said...

something different from you, brother; exciting, angry, your own kind of howling. Is this a form, or just your own creativity? They are sterling stanzas that are so good, they seem to be a preamble for more, a series, a haibun, a peek into hypocrisy.

howanxious said...

Ah. Love the corresponding images. My favorite bit would have to be:
"like knives singing me / to sleep".
-HA

quest4peas said...

That "knives singing me to sleep" - darkly powerful line. Both of these stanzas end in a most unexpected way...leaves me unsettled...and wishing for more.

hyperCRYPTICal said...

Unsettling and brilliant images, dark and wonderful.
I know of the first...
Anna :o]

Edward said...

how I dare myself
further just to know
how I swear by rain
words come and go...

even the taped wrists
a madman insists
are why there are
rails at Niagara Falls...

your piece, to me, is
a purity rhythm
let's a reader see
how you see
beneath things...


mishunderstood said...

Deep, dark and definitely thought provoking...made me so curious about the provocation/story behind these lines.

Grace said...

I admire the side by side images, each distinct yet darkly compelling with the knives & hungry wolfs ~

The title is intriguing too, like a middle lane or number 2 ~

Mary said...

This is intense, Anthony. And those knives singing one to sleep are definitely quite foreboding. I do love the very thoughtful pairing.

Hayes Spencer said...

Pairing the two stanzas side by side is incredible. I was...you were...your best yet.

Gabriella said...

Your poem is different from what you usually write, Anthony. The imagery is very powerful. I can feel pain and how it seems to affect the poet's inability to move on.

Roslyn Ross said...

Powerful and profound.

awakenedwords said...

worthy of repetitive reading. I like it.

Thotpurge said...

Knives singing them to sleep... and bleeding wrists.. very stark and moving.

thecourseofourseasons.com said...

stunning and stark, imagery and form - really liked this, Anthony

vivinfrance said...

As Claudia says, this is unsettling, and rather frightening. Your skill with words is awesome.

Marilyn B said...

Quite unsettling but hypnotic.

Ninot said...

Oh. This is exceptional, Anthony.

Prajakta said...

Anthony, powerful pairing here! And the way you linked the hands in both, the blood flowing. Terrific work!

Kate Mia said...

I know this feeling from
Church.. the boy with
the bright and smiling
face.. the snickers behind
me as i walk freely and
gracefully to be me as
i am for LOVE.. and no
matter what I am this makes
me just as angry as you.. at
the hypocrisy that never loves
as humans truly are born to do..:)

Sharp Little Pencil said...

I have heard knives "singing," when struck against another metal. The sound is in my ears now, ringing, unsettling. A powerful work, Anthony! Amy

ayala said...

Very cool !

bwfiction said...

strong

lynndiane said...

The pain is real, palpable...i want to know more but already know too much from this chilly glimpse.

mrs mediocrity said...

This is such a wonderful word painting, literally and metaphorically. The form you chose has as much impact as your powerful words.

Tameka said...

I would love to know the inspiration for this one. I read it a few times and it took me to a mysterious place.

Victoria said...

Raw expression of someone who has known the oppression of a religious figure. That is not how it should be but, sadly, it's a reality in all-too-many person's experience. Succinct and powerful writing.