Interior Dialogue while observing the Hepworth Echo

Through the blog of the talented Hames1977 I discovered the clever poetry challenge at the Bookstains blog (full link below). The author of the blog challenges readers to write a poem or haiku inspired by a charming Barbara Hepworth sculpture.

” It might be mathematical
… Highly unlikely

It could be psychological
… But only slightly

Turned upon itself, like a suicidal wasp
A blind soothsayer, injecting its venom
With the strings of its harp right through its exoskeleton.

Obviously!

The messenger has killed himself.

But then …

It surely must be mythological
… quite rightly.

Certainly not!

Since it clearly derives
From Greek Tragedy
It is tragedy enshrined
In an endless cabinet
Not a chest, but a chestnut,
White on the inside, wooden on the outside,
Like, …
….

By God almighty!

It’s a coffin!

The organic form,
The Apollinic nut,
The finish, the refinement,
The Sybillic enigmatic sign,

It’s a string-bearer,
A bearer of Truth and Falsity,
A proposition

It’s sheer logic,
… occurring only nightly. “


http://bookstains.wordpress.com/2011/01/09/poetry-challenge-the-hepworth-echo/

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3 thoughts on “Interior Dialogue while observing the Hepworth Echo

  1. Wow! Eelco – just Wow! This is a great poem, there are so many word associations and highly original turns of phrase:-
    “Since it clearly derives
    From Greek Tragedy
    It is tragedy enshrined
    In an endless cabinet
    Not a chest, but a chestnut,
    White on the inside, wooden on the outside,
    Like, …
    ….

    By God almighty!

    It’s a coffin!…..”

    I like how you have really explored the artist’s material and the words associated with wood! I’m adding this now 🙂 Thanks so much for joining in this challenge Eelco! Not only are all the other challenges still open – I hope to have many more 🙂

    1. You’re very kind, both in your praise, as in adding the poem. I wish you the best of luck and many successful challenges; I will keep my eye open for them & add your fine blogs to my blog-list. Thanks.

  2. dear eelco,

    i am so happy that you are taking part to lynda’s poetry challenges. may i add, that your poem is prolifically original in its form. i am reading it over and over again and i admire how you intellectually crafted this poem like a master. please continue to write more literary pieces as i find it really stimulating to the mind.

    i like these lines the best;

    “Turned upon itself, like a suicidal wasp
    A blind soothsayer, injecting its venom
    With the strings of its harp right through its exoskeleton.

    Obviously!

    The messenger has killed himself.”

    i like this tragedy part of how one can self-destruct, which i find true in human nature. simply perfect metaphor here. congratulations eelco for this great poem. thank you for sharing this.

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