Unready

photoart & poem ~ ©2018 ~ Laura Granby

“Her nights are full
of the red teeth of death”
Jim Harrison

she mutters prayers most nights
tots up the blessings, misgivings and should haves
summons some less-forbidding  angels
for comfort and tasks Azrail to attend as messenger
to The Source, with her sincerest words: “I am not ready yet”

the sounds fly from her mouth
she imagines them in an upsurge of ethereal choirs
as if transcribed by Boito the Librettist
a frame-freezing Faustian epilogue no less
for there is something devilish here too
tags attach, bows on the kite string
snag with dishonesty in the double-talk plea
more earthy even than mortality

His sleeping beside her is deathly, ill at ease
running on restless legs, each twitch
a gathering momentum, shades of moving on
stir him to wakefulness with a stare full of distance
the mist that once forced grey eyes to red, lusty slits
fills his teeth with a rictus smile – and through them
he utters with such matter-of-fact clarity: “Time’s up!”

Notes:
Azrail/Azrael – angel of death
Arrigo Boito’s opera – Mefistopheles opera – see 7:00

Joining Jilly with her prompts inspired by the poetry of Jim Harrision – on this Day 6 of the  28 days of Unreason 

20 Comments on “Unready

  1. This is astounding, Laura! The mythological and epic feel are enhanced by your choices in meter and form. I can hear a soundtrack behind this – you conjure music with the narrative you’ve created. It seems fitting that as I type this I catch a glimpse of Kierkegaard over to the side (a personal fav!) Excellent writing.

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  2. Interesting take–I can hear music, too. I don’t suppose we’re ever ready, even if we’ve made a bargain with death.

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  3. You do the darker side well yourself! And a touch of Faust in the background. Allusion, operatic reverberations, and the chills. All that’s needed is a rare steak and a fine red wine.

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      • I’ve actually acted in Goethe’s version. I played Sloth… relying on the Stanislavski method. Tim Stanislavski who ran the bar a few blocks from the house I grew up in. 🙂

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        • Proverbs 6:6 Go to the ant, you sluggard;
          consider its ways and be wise!

          You and Marlon Brando then went to the same bar school 😉

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  4. have you slept next to restless legs?
    Sometimes it feels as if he is running a marathon – more vitality than the angel of death – to me.

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  5. Powerful stuff, Laura. The imagery takes us to the moment, and then the ending is an “ah ha” surprise. I went back and read Jim Harrison’s “Life.” It is beautiful.

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    • Thank you! You know more than me then Beth – at moment just using the supply of his quotes from Jilly but you have the whole picture. You’ve encouraged me to read more

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  6. How scary…I love the epic feel of it. I think the music from that Damon devil-child film should go with this!!

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