irrelevant embelleshment

by Matthew Sharp

liberate my atomic mass
crash so fast
enter the past
a repetitive grasp

the blades of time
shadows of the shrapnel
my shrine
to shine the machine blind

an element irrelevant
to physical embelleshment


Author's Note:

Posted on 03/27/2007
Copyright © 2021 Matthew Sharp

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Kathleen Wilson on 03/27/07 at 05:30 AM

Yes, such a stretch towards liberation. This is the real thing, and it is possible to some extent. Not entirely, but enough to make a difference. I do think the limitations, the biology, are real, but much environmental, cultured meanness, acceptance, can be examined and blown apart. I love the image of time's "blade"s as shadows of "shrapnel". And what there is when this quite what you say... beyond physical embellishment. Well, maybe there's poetry. But most important it's good to always keep looking ... we have more powers of insight than we can ever manage to use in that shadow of time that we have, there's always more we haven't seen... even though inevitably it's quite impossible I think, to escape it entirely. But...but...there's beauty in seeing more, a kind of (relative) freedom, as we know... that's the essence of it, as far as I can see.

Posted by Kathleen Wilson on 03/27/07 at 05:32 AM

I always get so involved in your concepts that I forget to say...the way you express them is very good. The driving force of this, in the subtle rhyming has an explosive quality that augments the meaning.

Posted by Sarah Graves on 03/28/07 at 05:43 AM

I really like this. It reads so fast in my mind. It seems like you're trying to break free from this "machine," in order to grow. Do you do spoken word? if not, you should. This piece seems like it would rock the house. hah.

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