The lies of living lightly

Unburdened,
passed my nights
in satin paled by touch
of hands and moths
unscorched:
a fevered fire;

It was
before I fell, on wings
aflamed, an Icarus of me.

I lost myself to gravity
to lies of living lightly
I made a pyre of myself
beneath,
and you my flame
have made me ash.

Fallen angel looking on a cloud by Odilon Redon

Fallen angel looking on a cloud by Odilon Redon

Today Kerry inspires us with book-titles at toads to change them around a little.

April 14

18 responses to “The lies of living lightly

  1. “an Icarus of me” — I write of him often. I LOVE this phrasing.

    And THIS:
    “I lost myself to gravity
    to lies of living lightly”
    (such dissonance there between gravity and lightly…and yet so perfect.)

  2. You are so awesome!!! I love the whole poem, but I especially like these sections:

    “in satin paled by touch
    of hands and moths
    unscorched”

    “I made a pyre of myself”

    And of course the ending makes you a phoenix, which is SO perfect.

    Seriously, hands and moths?! That is fantastic imagery! I will never forget that.

  3. There is a beautiful subtlety in this piece–maybe the cadences in your phrasing–anyway–beautifully done!

  4. Your phrasing as always pulls me in. Any reference to classic mythology is a win in my heart. But oh that ending stanza of contrasts and alliteration so well done.

  5. I lost myself to gravity
    to lies of living lightly

    Wow, Bjorn. This is one on my favourite poems of April thus far. Just exceptional work.

  6. You find the best images and inspiration, Bjorn…I love this part:

    “satin paled by touch
    of hands and moths
    unscorched”

    Wow. So enjoyed this thought-provoking poem.

  7. The lines “I lost myself to gravity
    to lies of living lightly” luscious! How many times have I lost myself to gravity in so many ways!

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