Narcissus, not tattooed

Narcissus’ Nemesis
is his mar-
    bled skin — as stretched
across his impeccable six-
pack abdomen,
softly chiseled, rock-hard, but
alas too perfect cause
    on Instagram
such precision is merely just
a starting point
to gather confirmation of
followers and hearts.

He needs to ink
a dragon “Carpe Diem” or at least
a borrowed tribal wisdom
to scar his flesh
and mark the surface
    of his splendid back
but woe, behold
his marble skin cannot be pierced
by any normal needle
at the main-street dingy
and now he rests
    alone, unscarred
even little Echo leaves
and tries
to find herself a propre biker
who might be fat but
is suitable and dragonheart-


This is for Anmol at dVerse on rewriting myths in a modern context.
April 23, 2019

22 responses to “Narcissus, not tattooed

  1. I enjoyed this poem, Björn! I love the thought of Narcissus on Instagram, with his softly-chiselled, rock-hard abdomen and the huge number of followers – and he can’t get a girl because he hasn’t got a dragon heart tattoo.

  2. Damn! Narcissus’ only flaw is that he is flawless — there’s definitely something to be gleaned from it. I really liked this take on the Instagram world and all the anguish that it creates — I will be sharing this link with some in my social circle. Ha!
    Very well penned, Bjorn! The humour (when found) makes it such a great read. 🙂

  3. Bwahahahaha ❤️ This is absolutely brilliant in its humor, wit and clever wordplay, Bjorn! 😀 I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed it! Bravo! ❤️

  4. Deftly told and incisive commentary on human nature in all of its beauty and ugliness, which definitions fit which to be via the eye of the beholder.

  5. Incredible retelling of the myth. Love the notion that actual perfection can be unattractive. Time does its job though–huge muscles turn to lard, and broken sinews become arthritic.

  6. “He needs to ink
    a dragon ‘Carpe Diem’ or at least
    a borrowed tribal wisdom
    to scar his flesh”

    “even little Echo leaves
    and tries
    to find herself a proper biker”

    You are so funny. 🙂

  7. Tough break for contemporary Narccey, eh? I enjoyed your modern take on the sculpted prettyboy.

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