Chimeras are for real

All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream
By Edgar Allan Poe

When the faintest flames in gloom is all
we see, or the sounds in silence that
seem frantic as the weight of death we
carry as a part of life; or we might see
the sun reflected in the face of moon or
watch as shadows play on walls that seem

imagined threats but deep inside we feel is
dread, as nightmares leave a scar but
then at dawn the claws suppresses to an itch, a
scab on skin, the trace of nails from dream
from beats of beasts, from forges deep within.
We know chimeras are sincere, for real, a
substance nor from needles nor from dream.

The Chimera by Gustave Moreau

The Chimera by Gustave Moreau

Kerry wants us to play with related words, rhymes, words stemming from the same, synonyms or Antonyms at toads. I have tried to use them all, and at the same time write a Golden Shovel poem based on two lines from Poe.

May 13, 2016

11 responses to “Chimeras are for real

  1. Ah, you are a master of words, Bjorn, and you know how to put them to work and shine in their best light. This is amazing – the skill of the writing is in the powerful message you convey.

  2. I second the above comment – golden chimera in spades as the saying goes – Poe would be proud of you!

  3. This is really amazing. I love how skillfully you worked with the prompt to create this wonderfully rich poem.

  4. Wow! An awesome poem leaping (or, rather golden shovelling) from a wonderful quote that dovetails perfectly with the piece AND a double chimera meaning. Whew! I am officially blown away!

  5. Chimeras are sincere. That line just rings and rings in me. Read it for the first time this morning, and it’s still with me six hours later.

  6. Lovely and magical allusion here, the chimera that clings to the undersides of thought. It is the plush dark whisper which suggest we know so very little.

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