Minding Naught and Seeing Zilch

“That is the eternal folly of man. To be chasing after the sweet flesh, without realizing that it is simply a pretty cover for the bones.” ~ Neil Gaiman

Fear no skull,
child, bleached bones don’t lie.
Grinning flesh
with hard eyes?
Yes, mind the real reaper—
wails ooze through his teeth.

The child laughed,
following the flesh
and the grin,
minding naught
and seeing zilch, missing all
hints of the past kills.

the wee notes…
– Bastet, over at MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie, is reading two of my favorite books (American Gods and Anansi Boys, by Neil Gaiman). Since these novels are part of a series where my beloved Gaiman weaves fantastically dark urban legends around the myths of old and new gods, Bastet invites us to conjure our own tall tale or poem. I found inspiration in the quote at the beginning of this post and a pair of prescription glasses I saw sprouting out of a naked tree.
– This is my first dance with Shadorma, a poetic form consisting of a 6-line stanza presented as such: (3/5/3/3/7/5). The form is alleged to have originated in Spain. The form is short and asks for no rhyme. So… you’ll probably see more of them around here. Also, they can be linked together to create a shadorma series.
–  Linked to Poets United ~ Poetry Pantry, 342.

yep, it seems someone went home in a blur

61 thoughts on “Minding Naught and Seeing Zilch

  1. Oh, foolish child! But, aren’t we ever when the flesh is still sleek and tender?
    Love this new form! I had not heard of it. I am going to steal it! ( tip toes away with Shadorma tucked in my bra) shhhh, you don’t see me! Bwahahaha!

  2. Creepily haunting this one!!
    Everything went great to my appointment,although I still have some pain but beggars can’t be choosers!
    How are you feeling these days?
    Sending you lots and lots of love…

  3. Yes the cruel eyes and a vengeful mouth are far worse than bare bones. There is fun too in experimenting with poetry which you have done so well with this shadorma.

  4. The reaper seems to be stalking lately, he comes and goes and who knows what chaos will be left behind. Sounds cool that the poems will be linked together. That would be an interesting read.

  5. Fear not the dead, take lessons from the skull, but beware of reaper living… Love the two of them, though the last one is a bit unsettling

  6. that’s an interesting photo find. Here I have seen high-rise wires and trees wearing sneakers, glasses! that’s a first for me
    good luck with your shardoma creations

    much love…

  7. This impactful piece is so well rendered, the hairs on the back on my neck are still standing on end. I thought the quote you selected was brilliant and I thank you for the introduction to Shadorma.

  8. Ohhh…I got chills! I think I might have been a little wiser to have read the whole Shadorma prior to responding to a piece of it on Instagram. I also now know where to look when I can’t find my disappearing glasses! Great read and pic too.

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