52 Poems for 2013, 3/52: Man and Myth

Douglas Thompson’s latest poem is entitled ‘Man and Myth’. You can read the poem in its entirety below:

MAN AND MYTH

I was a great philosopher once.

On many a long summer evening
I hid in adolescent bedrooms
where the pale light on the plaster ceiling
was the colour of Aegean temples.
I dreamt I wandered in sad colonnades
with Plato and Aristotle.

I was safe but imperfect
like Ulysses tied to the mast.

But you came and destroyed my peace;
your pattering feet and flowing hair
disturbed the quiet labyrinth of my mind.
You made the fallen leaves a tapestry
and confused me with your threads.
My Ariadne: was I the hero or the bull?
—now I have slain both with my wretched sword.

I am a picturesque ruin in his early twenties
waiting for Caspar David Friedrich to paint me.

~

You can read Douglas’ discussion of the poem at his website.

Douglas Thompson is the author of Mechagnosis.

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Filed in News, Stories on January 14, 2013