Dark days and darker nights

The serpent moon drowns
in the words,
    whispered
    too hushed to be heard;
she dies in the shadows
of ink from the pen
    he had drained;
    while tying his pains
    into verse;
and as darkness descends,
he sobs —
    relieved from the weight
    that left with her light.

Dark Days by Damien Hirst

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December 12, 2019

22 responses to “Dark days and darker nights

  1. Gosh Bjorn – such a direct, stark yet somehow redeeming piece… Such a powerful piece of writing.

  2. Silent witness and taker of pain. I wonder where she leaves it along her path in the sky? Beautiful poem. Moon and Poetry are vital intimates in healing and every other thing…

  3. This poem is so intensely written, Björn, and is very Scandinavian with its dark days and darker nights. I don’t mind darkness too much, but after a while it can become depressing. The lines that got to me are:
    ‘she dies in the shadows
    of ink from the pen
    he had drained’
    and
    ‘relieved from the weight
    that left with her light’.

  4. My first encounter with a “serpent moon”, grand word-smithing here. I liked the line /she dies in the shadows of ink from the pen he had drained/.

  5. she dies in the shadows
    of ink from the pen
    he had drained;
    while tying his pains
    into verse;
    …… this is reminiscent of how I approach
    my writing. Love the transition from dark to light

  6. Fabulous wordsmithing here, Bjorn! ❤️ I love; “she dies in the shadows of ink from the pen he had drained; while tying his pains into verse.”

  7. while tying his pains
    into verse;
    and as darkness descends,
    he sobs —
    relieved from the weight
    that left with her light.

    – Great lines. This poem is very poignant.

  8. ha The Serpent Moon – the serpent has been showing up in many ways the last few days. One might think the moon would shed some layers of light upon the darkness.

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