DavidPlantinga
Joined: Mar 2021

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For shorter poems I'm experimenting with the ballad and In Memoriam stanza.

Submitted Poems 31 total

Effigies

Our senses fashion effigies
Of a dead past, useless as guides
Where strict finality resides.
Mute phantoms drowned in icy seas.
But halved funereal diptychs show
Reflections of the things to be.
The not yet displayed in symmetry,
...

by David Plantinga

added by DavidPlantinga
9 days ago

Niobe

The strongest passions, joy and sorrow
Contract the feelings like a vice,
A solid block no word can slice,
As lead today, and lead tomorrow.
The thicker humors have congealed.
Water alone can spurt and run,
Too light to join that unison ...

by David Plantinga

added by DavidPlantinga
16 days ago

Thyrsus

The boy-king wanted to incinerate
A fell and meretricious thryrus.
His grandfather would venerate
The same staff, terrified of curses.
His mother’d slandered the drunk god,
But regretting feckless blasphemy
She counseled them to spare the r...

by David Plantinga

added by DavidPlantinga
1 month ago

Catafalques

Our undercroft had housed our dead
Unseen, in gloomy sepulture.
But pagan chieftains much prefer
Barrows, where height can show instead.
And the busier departments need
Those lowest levels for their work.
Glib passers-by avoid that murk,
An...

by David Plantinga

added by DavidPlantinga
1 month ago

poem #27

Maids, decline that metamorphosis.
Fountains, trees, and birds are a delight,
And transformed serpents never bite,
But emptiness must go with this.

by David Plantinga

added by DavidPlantinga
2 months ago

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