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







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

















Peter Bies © 2010



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.

  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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