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Were-Confrontation
© January 1, 2008, Roy Stucky

The scratching at the windows
Is surely just a branch.
I know I should ignore it
But dare I take the chance?

Revolver at the ready,
I'm pushing out the door.
The midnight face is pierced with lights
That watch my brand of war.

Were confrontations between wake and sleep.
Some things that I reach for are things I can't keep.
Figments emerge from Styx riverboat streams
While tangible viewpoints dissolve into dreams.

The flower blooms form bullet buds
That load my stock with lead.
The streets that wind through jungle vines
Are paved with shrunken heads.

The coliseum slaughter
Is documented twice.
The TV show producer
Shoots bullets made of ice.

Were confrontations between wake and sleep.
Some islands I sail toward are lands I can't reach.
Figments emerge from Styx riverboat streams
While tangible viewpoints dissolve into dreams.

I'm certain my discernment knows
When I'm at last awake.
But could it be the part that shows
Is part of my mistake?

Perhaps the phantoms I dismiss
Have tipped across the brink.
Perhaps the thirst of sleep's abyss
Requires a different drink.

Were confrontations between wake and sleep.
Some islands I sail toward are lands I can't reach.
Figments emerge from Styx riverboat streams
While tangible viewpoints dissolve into dreams.

 


Quotations

"Hitherto I have ever held but lightly, thought Pierre, all stories of ghostly mysticalness in man; my creed of this world leads me to believe in visible, beautiful flesh, and audible breath, however sweet and scented; but only in visible flesh, and audible breath, have I hitherto believed. But now! - now! - and again he would lose himself in the most surprising and preternatural ponderings, which baffled all the introspective cunning of his mind. Himself was too much for himself. He felt that what he had always considered the solid land of veritable reality, was now being audaciously encroached upon by bannered armies of hooded phantoms, disembarking in his soul, as from flotillas of specter-boats."
Herman Melville

 


Bibliography

God (forever and ever)
The Holy Bible

Herman Melville (1819-1891)
Pierre (1852)