As so many of you tell me, much to my unending delight, you genuinely enjoy my references to mythology, religion, and literature in my poetry.
These allusions scratch an inner itch of mine: an intrinsic need for poetry to first speak to the heart, but also speak to the head.
This dark poem is – at least on one level – a vignette into an unrepentant soul’s journey into hell.
The Greek mythical allusion to start, and the Christian biblical allusion to finish (Ezekiel 14:13), for me, unify the poem. In a way, they bind it.
Anyway, didn’t want to say too much this week. I am very interested in hearing your thoughts on this poem. It is one of my personal faves.
How did the mythic/biblical allusions further thicken the poetic stew? How did you connect with this proud, defiant narrator? How did the dark themes resonate with you?
Please leave your Comments below. Thanks!!
-PS Conway ☘ ☘ ☘
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O, silent cowled Ferryman,
pilot me to my destiny,
the only path where choices lead
where darkness hies freewill to die;
each oar stroke scrape on river face
reflects yet further scars long masked
by a life, a caricature tasked
with such tenebrous intentions;
river mists clear the last façade
peel tender flesh to ebon bone
seared in hateful thoughts full known,
to stand tall in this rebellion;
servant of none, hell’s gates await
this damned soul, a poet’s soul
who chose to seize the day, to toll
the bells of liberty penned black;
No, i shall not bow nor acquiesce,
with hangman’s noose, absolved of fault,
last mortal cry, ”i shall exalt
my throne above the stars of god.”