Working Still

Posted: August 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

Working Still

Leeuwenhoek lens

could not identify particles

in the ladle,

from a fallen heart,

brutal moments

drawing out tissue

analyzing sections

beneath blade and syringe,

a tempered hand worked

isolating precise sections

of the nausea that riddled


thick dark bile

leaking treachery

without the fleck of love,

that often appears,

embattled huddled with others,

discussions occurred

resolve mans heart

from it’s failings,

before that

which is revealed

absorbs mortal flesh

and it’s insistent coil

  1. kaykuala says:

    of the nausea that riddled
    mankind,thick dark bile
    leaking treachery
    without the fleck of love

    Rightly said Chris! We have to put up with all the treachery that afflicts mankind. It’s a cruel world out there! Love is a rare commodity!


  2. hobgoblin2011 says:

    awesome write. Definitely up my alley. Love the impression I get of cold steel, defined cuts in the fabric-something in that mold. So many excellent lines in here, the opening line is perfect. leaking treachery, a tempered hand worked…some of my favorites here, and perfect ending too. Great read. Thanks

  3. zongrik says:

    I also like the Leeuwenhoek lens,

    and i picture the ladle isolating the sections and that’s a really interesting image

    slowly it had to last

  4. Very visual! Words seem to have flesh in this piece. Exciting read!

  5. I’m so glad you used this painting (I toyed with it, too) and I enjoyed what I read as a metaphor on the pathology of our humaness. So good. I like to play with the marriage of science and art.

  6. Dark and dismal and yet so real too. This packs a grand punch in its truths of how sometimes we are our own worst enemy, especially if drugs come into play. Gritty and powerful. A good read.

  7. Bodhirose says:

    Whew..heavy images here…”leaking treachery without the fleck of love”…yeah, this painting seemed to evoke darkness…a great interpretation

  8. David King says:

    As it is and as it seems – depending how you read it. Super read.

  9. Hi and congrats as I have nominated you for the Lovely Blog award. Go to my site for more info should you need it. Keep writing. This poem is not exactly lovely but deep and harsh…well done in response to the artwork. Leanne

  10. gardenlilie says:

    Hey..okay good going, the spoon n sad sewn face in h chair n then the drugs hum I get it. Despair …good channeling. Now I must go to bed, it is late.

  11. Police science, forensic investigating, evidence from the fallen heart. I liked the feel you captured from the painting; something dark. A nice study and very well presented.

  12. go1flo says:

    This has an almost furious desperation to it – well done to cage this lightning

  13. janehewey says:

    a deep and wringing write to this darkly intense painting. you write close to the core here, Chris.

  14. The painting reminds me of a Basqiat, where what is absent actually is more present that absent. (Hope you follow that!) P.S. Thanks for visiting my blog earlier and for liking my work.

  15. Very dark, and so lonely, that even together with embattled others there’s a separation.

  16. Wow–Chris–you took this poem somewhere awesome…

  17. How well you described the fallen heart, failings and treacherous moments ~

  18. Mary says:

    This poem has a darkness to it as it as I read through to conclusion.. Man’s heart has many failings, I fear….and this is evidenced by your words.

  19. brian miller says:

    dang…you got the grit in had me early on with the broken hearts on the spoon, remnants….you worked this pic well…and emotional…

  20. Interesting take on the image and use of drug tones

  21. coconutspeak says:

    How dare you dip your poetic toe into my poetic pool! Brilliant again, my friend.

  22. Claudia says:

    love the Leeuwenhoek lens in this… the particles from fallen heart..really like where you go with this chris

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