Saturday, April 07, 2007

a space & time

I was going home from work, listening to Dire Straits' Brothers in Arms on my mp3. The rain was heavy, but it was the sky that was truly frightening, greyish dark, blanketing, not a hint of white or other colours.

With nothing better to do, the words just formed in my head, there and then, listening to that song. The muse strikes at odd hours. And nothing much to offer this week except this odd piece.



Iron Cross
image by dsnake1


a space & time


Outside
      the rain was slamming
      against the bus
      from a sky that had fallen
      to confront the world
      on the ground.
      raindrops slip streaming
      down frosted glass
      like tears for those
      who had fallen in wars.

      the metal arms
      of windscreen wipers
      grunting, arcing,
      relentless arachnid limbs
      trying to erase
      the guilt of thousands
      of bloodstained years.

Somewhere
      a sentry in a
      lonely watch tower
      bothered more about
      the damp on his rifle
      than enemy intruders,
      watched the rain
      lashing wires and sandbags,

      despairing

      as did a Roman legionnaire
      watched in helplessness
      on a hill in Golgotha
      nearly two thousand years
      before.

      their voices
      crossing
      through space & time
      reaches a dreamer
      in a bus going home
      in a rain soaked city
somewhere.


23.03.07
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11 Comments:

Blogger J. Andrew Lockhart said...

Nice! I love Dire Straits, too. :)

08 April, 2007 13:29  
Blogger magiceye said...

love this...!

08 April, 2007 15:28  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

andrew,
you too? that's great! :)

magiceye,
thanks, man!

08 April, 2007 20:33  
Blogger Pat Paulk said...

Beautiful, beautiful poem for Easter Sunday!!

08 April, 2007 22:24  
Blogger gautami tripathy said...

The "somewhere" resonates with me....

Dire Straights...one of my favourites too.

08 April, 2007 23:29  
Blogger polona said...

this is excellent!

sheers from another dire straits fan :)

09 April, 2007 00:21  
Blogger floots said...

what a powerful piece
(dire straits for me too)

10 April, 2007 20:38  
Blogger Bluesky_Liz said...

This is very good, dsnake. Very interesting morphing of one image into another, and coming back to around to the first image. :)

10 April, 2007 20:45  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

pat,
thanks! hope you have a great Easter.

gautami,
a Dire Straits fan too? :)
"somewhere" is one of my favourite words. When the office tries to reach me and ask me where am i, i will say "somewhere." :)

polona,
thank you!
we have a number of Dire Straits fans here. :)

floots,
cheers! :)

hi liz,
that's the general idea, looping back in a circle. there will always be wars. the images are a bit bleak, isn't it? the storm doesn't help. :)

10 April, 2007 22:59  
Blogger Bluesky_Liz said...

Can anything about war be anything but bleak?
...
:)

13 April, 2007 22:17  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

liz, you're right. nobody wins in a war.

14 April, 2007 23:29  

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