Spend most of a lifetime

not embracing the bad dreams

but doping away early frights,

birth, death, deep human fear,

possibly missing a taste of the divine

underneath the Apothecary

down grey low lit

stone stairs, big enough for one

foot at a time, this tunnel,

there at the bottom great atrocities,

curves of flesh and blood

perfectly executed by hand,

human machinery, the robotic self,

tortured fetuses, hidden beauty

in the dark and blood red paint

where one could sit and stare

out past the lights and into the dark,

a desire to flirt with what I have forgotten

a tome buried deep within,

to realize we are human, we love

through the pain, we desire,

we can take away ourselves

remove the multi-jointed demons

embrace the visions again like when young

find the broken pieces,

so many real fears everyday

I can feel my heart valves

keep a natural rhythm with blood flow

my gore fighting against each new wound

have we forgotten the words for both

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Venkatachari M 10 months ago from Hyderabad, India

Beautiful lines describing the artwork "Birth Machine" by H.R.Giger and its contextual meaning with present day's real life problems.

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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois

Wow, this is deep and brilliantly penned. Biomechanicals comes to mind here. " Possibly missing a taste of the divine. " A beautiful line!

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Jodah 10 months ago from Queensland Australia

Good work, Jamie. Reading Venkat's comment helped understand where the name "Giger" came from as well as the meaning of the poem.

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Frank Atanacio 10 months ago from Shelton

I'm enjoying the artwork too as I read your first few poems of the month.. awesome..:)

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Gypsy Rose Lee 10 months ago from Riga, Latvia

Wonderful poetry.

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jhamann 10 months ago from Reno NV Author

Venkatachari M - You have "hit the nail of the head." What a compliment, thank you so much. I hope you are well. Jamie

always exploring - Thank you for your kind words. Jamie

Jodah - I was influenced by a new German documentary on the artist HR Giger. I liked how the artist just created the art that he was just compelled to create. Pretty cool documentary you should check it out. I am glad you stopped by. Jamie

Frank - Thank you for getting caught up. I appreciate you stopping by overtime. Jamie

Gypsy - I am so happy to hear from you. I feel that we both started are poetry journey so many years ago. I feel that you have done so much to help spread the the joy of poetry. Thank you for stopping by to read. Jamie

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