Ohlsdorf Oblivion

 

“And this is how I sometimes think of myself, as a great explorer who has discovered some extraordinary land from which he can never return to give his knowledge to the world: but the name of this land is hell.”

— Malcolm Lowry, Under the Volcano

 

 

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yellow tomb stone

 

 

silent shadow

 

 

in the late afternoon:

 

 

I feel cold transparent hands

 

 

against my brow –

 

 

something was missing

 

 

when the world was new:

 

 

God with green visions

 

 

mumbling to himself

 

 

about the wanting

 

 

leeches in the flock – – –

 

 

walking out of this world

 

 

I drew angry patterns

 

 

across the flat grey sky

 

 

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Peter Bies © 2010

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3 thoughts on “Ohlsdorf Oblivion

  1. Why are the banners there? Is this an observance by a particular religion or ? Banners instead of flowers?
    And are the words yours?
    I’ll be interested to read your reply.
    Best,
    Marla

  2. Hi Maria – thanks for your comments.

    The banners are in fact wreath bows.
    But for some reason the wreaths aren’t visible here.

    Which words? The poetry? The words on the “banners”?

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