Unfettered? – a poem in three parts

April 18, 2016 § 15 Comments

I

unfeigned 

what is your occupation, 

other than to make love an obligation,

despite repeat requests for cessation,

you will not decline ‘abdication’,

your insatiable demands for adulation‎, 

result in many-a-castigation.

 

II

‘mercy’

Negation of ovation, dissention, pretension,

mutually assured gradual asphyxiation,

oblation, subjugation, deification,

continual proffering of stale oblation,

elevation, idolization, veneration,

utterance of supposed ideation,

ambition, your attrition & rationalisation,

– oft preferred to humility and consideration.

 

III

rebuke

Coquetry, pageantry, puppetry ‘performant’

predictability becomes you dear ‘conformant’,

rehashed masquerade, unabashed schadenfreude,

duplicitous serf whose stratagems are allayed.

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“Cedit Ensis Calamo” | Notes and thoughts

Is the pen is mightier than the sword? Can one exist without the other – particularly as words can compel us to act and vice versa. Whatever your stance, there’s no definitive answer which could aptly represent a universal consensus of opinion. Personally, when faced with the metaphorical sword (be it adversity, misfortune, or in my present scenario – receiving the folly of others) I strive to find the beauty amidst the imperfections; re-focus and create something wonderful.

As it is commonly said, ‘whatever’s bad your heart is good for your art’. Hate, love, pain are the subject matter Here I present the poem ‘Unfettered?’ which was partially conceived last November – with part I as a 6 line stanza (sestet). Upon reverting back to this first draft an eruption of words flowed onto the paper, culminating into my first ever three part poem…

Each of the three poems titled ‘unfeigned’, ‘mercy’ and ‘rebuke’ represent various aspects of love (of any variety) and delicately intertwine the five stages of grief : denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Therefore, grief does not specifically presume actual death, but loss too.

Part I fuses initial acceptance and bargaining.

Part II continues the theme of bargaining plus incorporates the feigning of love and depression (to maintain the captivity and ‘limbo’) as well as unfeigned denial & anger (from the perpetrator); so is written as a plea for a cessation of deplorable behaviours / actions – e.g. “Negation of ovation” = (requiring acclaim for merely existing),”dissension” = (bickering, divisiveness), “pretension” = (humility instead of posturing). RESPONSE(S) (highlighted in orange text) : “mutually assured gradual asphyxiation” (or in other words, ‘if I go down, i’m taking you with me’.

Part III (my favourite). A quatrain which factually articulates displeasure with use of simple rhetoric.

I’ll allow you to draw your conclusions based on your perceptions and interpretations, as to whether art is imitating life.

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