The Alchemy of Grief

Some of the tears he whittles into fine points. Those are good for gouging out his eyes. Others he distills. At night, blind and drunk, he pretends he can’t feel a thing.


new moon
the black hole
of the cauldron

11 Responses

  1. Charley Says:

    That's one of those exceptional fusions of idea and image that take your breath away. I will go on from here pretending that I thought it up! "At night, blind and drunk," indeed. Fabulous!
    Charles D. Tarlton

  2. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    Wow. Just wow.


  3. Peggy Bilbro Says:

    Wow! This one is a painfully powerful twist. ?Some of the tears he whittles into fine points.? Amazing imagery.

  4. Lolly Says:

    Powerful imagery, Mr. Lucky. Inspiring.

  5. Debbie Feller Says:

    Wowzers! That was so powerful! Thank you for sharing your work with us!

  6. Autumn Noelle Hall Says:

    What draws me in most in this very powerful piece is the way the masculine is juxtaposed with the feminine. We first see emotion categorized by material production, violent physical action, war on oneself, an attempt to deny emotion–all things which tend to be associated with the masculine or animus. Then in the haiku, the feminine or anima begins to emerge, first in the form of a new moon, then the womblike void, then the all-powerful symbol of the cauldron itself. These seem to be separate at first glance. But then images begin to connect with one another–the chiseled slivers of tears with the sliver of moon, the blindness with the black, the distillation with the cauldron–until one feels a wholeness beginning to emerge from the brokenness. I love the way the title, which harkens to these soul processes we all must go through, both ties prose and haiku together and expands the piece beyond the sum of those parts.

    Beautifully painful, Bob.

  7. Lynn van den Bergh Says:

    At night, clear sight….I, I can't feel a thing. ( the alchemy of mourning)

  8. Marilyn Hazelton Says:

    I agree with Wow! And the description of grief as a cauldron . . .

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  10. Richard Says:

    Visceral. Very, very good.

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