The Dark Dismissal


Sometimes I retreat,

read Jacques Dropsy,

become all body,

creaking at the joints,

pulsating down the intestines, metabolised,

flowing with the flow of hormones,

kept att reasonable bay by gravity

and a crude life expectancy,

an Easter Island statue by the typewriter;

no identity making a mess


The Lady roams the estate,

clinging to these pale, torn remains

of a good-old-used-to-be

that can only diminish,

while her frustration at age

and a cold house

is masquerading as the strong will

of a damn-and-darn personality,

making her ever chillier

and more dissociated,

keeping horses as forced thoughts

on her way

down her personalised slippery slope,

while I sometimes find myself calculating

the cost of a moving van

from these parts, 1000 kilometers south


Now, when I've entrusted so much

to the notebooks,

death has to remain unwritten,

and I purchase supreme quality gray yarn

and watch the Lady peacefully knit

a warm, no bullshit custom woollen sweater for me,

explicitly without any patterns of any kind;

a sweater to live in, to work the farm in,

to think long thoughts in,

to wear down like time wears me down,

and time has already worn my face a long while


Snow has fallen for days on end,

and we've been skiing the blizzards

across the lakes,

visibility kept at a minimum,

faces shielded and windproof


One morn at first light

I saw a red fox trip across my field of vision,

by the forest at the horses' meadow's far end;

a rare furred sighting of the shy one

which we have named Yannis

and usually just see the tracks of in the snow;

a long winding line of paw tracks from the preceding night


Simultaneously, a woodpecker banged away

at some frozen nutrients at the bird feeder

outside the kitchen window,

me barefoot on the cold kitchen floor,

face reflected in the window,

imagining my body burning explosively

at its cremation;

a happy thought of incineration

of all concerns

dancing in a thousand tongues of fire

deep in the roar of Kali;

the dark dismissal

of Creation's egotism


Poetry by Ingvar Loco Nordin The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2023-01-12 at 11:45

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Griffonner The PoetBay support member heart!
Ingvar, I'll call this luscious! You put yourself forward to the reader in an unashamed and passionate manner. Damn this impermanence of Life and... well everything else in this physical reality! I wonder at the cruelty of watching decay and not knowing precisely where it is going to lead. And then you introduce Yannis who hasn't a clue about this impermanence methinks! And in the end, I think you are condensing the addage 'this too will pass'. But I digress: A powerful and thought provoking poem that deserves accolade and deep thought.

josephus The PoetBay support member heart!
This is a fascinating read. Itís curious that the first stanza is introspective while the others deal with external perceptions then the last stanza returns to that introspective feeling