Black & white nights

The night slips into sleepy monochrome
nodding off at times on a pallet* of purple
with orange crushed uncertainly
in coned, colour spaces

slowly, drowsily, at the crepuscular hour
saturation seeps away ; our eyes switch mode
with rod and line they fish out
tainted tones of blue in casts of shade

molasses blacks too when illuminations
pitch and blaze a way to covert corners
and fetch warm-blooded greys of dove and mouse
or pewter rain clouds here to stay

The night sleeps deep in monochrome
– against such constancy, we stain our dreams
with daring dayglo dyes


*Deliberate spelling of pallet as rough bed, though as homonym with colour range provides an apt double meaning

Lines inspired by twiglet 149 ‘ The night sleeps‘ and over at dVerse, Linda is hosting Open Link Night: Casting a Spell

See the wounded healer

Imagine the frosty frontier of this milk spattered space
there detritus of an ancient planet lies like ice shards
studding a belted darkness that sling shots comets
into Neptune’s outstretched arms. *

From here I too was flung, erratic escapee
sometime maverick, rolling the heavenly blue
with father Ouranus or carouselling fat, gas Cronus
paternal progenitor when Gaia pulsed a purple plasmic haze

Yet I Chiron, have known earth, felt a mother’s watery embrace
where Aegean seas lapped siren songs in crystal coves
and mountains conjured streams as tip-toe torrents
to nurture all the orchard greens below.

Here fair Phylira birthed and then discarded me
half man, part horse, a god amongst Centaurean herds
confused in nature till Apollo gave me lore of lyre
the healing arts and stoical self mastery.

Daily I’d watch eagles torment hotheaded Prometheus
and my shaman heart burst to see such agony
how freely I relinquished immortality for his release
and breathed relief when Hydra poison brought an end

The wounded healer has no salves for self
so look for me now riding the ram, backwards **
and all you who’ve buried deep their anguish and affliction
prepare to suppurate and seal again before the year is out.


Notes & Links:
* The Kuiper Belt ~ A large ring of icy, primitive objects beyond Neptune. Pluto and Chiron are thought to be Kuiper Belt objects.
Chiron –astronomy – part asteroid, half comet
astrology – retrograde in Aries ~ July 8-Dec 12 2019 **
mythology – centaur son of Kronos/Cronus & the nymph Philyra
The wounded healer – a term coined by Jung after mythological Chiron – i.e. a therapist is compelled to treat patients because of his/her own wounds.
Image edit from Forti’s original “Feast of Centaurs”c.1890s

Joining Sarah and her challenging Poetics prompt: Tears in the rain: Using our senses

October quintet

Marsh ~

a tract of low wet land, characterized by grasses, sedges, cattails, and rushes.


Symbiotic ~

mutually beneficial


Shack ~

a rough cabin, hut


Scarlet ~

a bright-red colour inclining toward orange.


Stately ~

majestic; imposing in magnificence, elegance, etc

Joining Paula with her five choices Pick a Word for October