Illuminatum Infinitum (Poem)

Illuminatum Infinitum

Vile worm still swirling on your tongue

Don't let any precious venom drop off

Another starstruck ray of sun slipping down

And you can feel the fire under your skin


Your heart is catatonic but your mind is a catapult

Out of sight, burning bright and I'm on my way


Devilish lack of possession,

Hungry for this reverse exorcism

Put the fires out, but still burning within

Too damp to light it up by myself


Trial and error still waiting on the rising tide

To try to shove off from this fractal shore

Too many worlds running in circles above our heads

But you can feel the call of the dark planet


Your touch is a drug and your soul is a stillborn thought

Without form, in the void, I'm blowing out


There is no melody more potent

Than when I felt your sting, your hands on me

And the cycles we ran in stopped and stared

At the celestial, for a moment complete


I never loved a single one of them

Until I held you in my arms and watched them spin

And now every ember burns

And now every war has failed to begin


Watch me unraveling the broken bark of this tree

And all the rings disappearing in front of me

It never changes and sometimes it never happened at all

And all the stars that dwell in me are illuminated


Your appetite is a tyrant and your beauty a desolate singularity

Swallowed up in the cosmic fire, reaching fusion under duress


I never loved a single star in the sky

Until I held you in my arms and watched them fly

And now every pinprick shines

Illuminatum Infinitum


Resting my voice for the fight against the storm

The deluge surges like shattered floodgates of the truth

And all the tears I cried

Won't outnumber the nights I loved you


And from the ghastly wind that howls inside

Shelter is illusory

Bare against the open passion of the source

Where true illumination can be sought


There is no melody more potent

Than when I felt your sting, your eyes on me

And the orbits we ran in became retrograde

For a moment complete


Illuminatum Infinitum

Author's Notes

I write song lyrics quite a bit this poem started as lyrics and I reworked it into a proper poem although it doesn't have the regular flow of most of my poetry and has an odd structure. It's meant to be the finishing piece of a fake "Album" I was writing (I only do lyrics as I can't read or write music) for a fake metal band I made up called Insularum.

The genre here might be called "sleazy romance disguised as high art" as the speaker tells of a desire to be possessed through a reverse exorcism and the subject of his desire has a stillborn thought for a soul and a catatonic heart (but a dirty mind like a catapult).

There's some weird gems mixed in there, such as the idea of meeting someone new changing not just your future but how you view the past:

"Watch me unraveling the broken bark of this tree

And all the rings disappearing in front of me

It never changes and sometimes it never happened at all

And all the stars that dwell in me are illuminated"

Also there is the idea that love is fleeting but ultimately its value comes from the mutual pull of attraction. Even if it lasts for a moment it can affect you for a lifetime and make you complete (if only for a moment).

The theme of sex, attraction, love and lust as spiritual enlightenment, and of the female anatomy as the "source" of life and the only thing that can enlighten man: "Bare against the open passion of the source. Where true illumination can be sought"

In a sense our lovers are two star-crossed planetoids, like the Earth and moon, who get attracted to one another in that early and often destructive period of planetary formation early on in a newborn solar system.

Anyway hope you enjoyed reading it!

Insularum, one of my fake metal bands

I already have my next "album' planned
I already have my next "album' planned

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Austinstar 17 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

It's weird because Bob composes instrumentals all the time. But he won't sing, so his songs have no lyrics. Your lyrics might fit with some of his songs, but we would still need a lead singer,

Just fantasizing here on putting your lyrics together with some of Bob's compositions and maybe we could sell the whole to some famous band! That's would be cool.

Bob's now written four CDs worth of instrumentals - most are rock genre, but I still call some of them easy listening. He does some crazy stuff, some of which is really awesome!

Anyway, I love your poetry and I almost became a poet myself, so I kind of know what the structure is supposed to be. And this one is quite good. But, then, you do have a natural ability to put words together :-)


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AudreyHowitt 17 months ago from California

I will have to go back and read some of your other work--I don't know your work, but this is a great read--


Lee Cloak 17 months ago

A really great poem, very enjoyable, thanks, voted up, Lee


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Jodah 17 months ago from Queensland Australia

Hi Titen-skull, dare I call this a love poem? Maybe that is trying to confine it to a box it won't fit in. As I said in a comment on one of your other poems, I appreciate your explanation and breakdown of the poem at the end. Many writers of complex poetry fail to do that. I could choose many lines or verses to highlight but I chose:

"I never loved a single star in the sky

Until I held you in my arms and watched them fly

And now every pinprick shines

Illuminatum Infinitum"

Well done, vote up.

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