Thursday, October 20, 2005

Pere Lachaise

Pale yellow and fading green
Acacia leaves tumble like stone birds

A naked woman poses
With uneasy familiarity

The angel-winged cherubs
The bat-winged skulls

The hoarse laughter of crows
Rising into a grey marble sky

18 comments:

Roger Stevens said...

Pere Lachaise is the cemetary in Paris where Jim Morrison and a whole host of famous French people are buried. I've been there twice now. I hope you don't think I'm getting morbid. The other two poems came to me in the middle of the night in a rather small hotel room in a grotty part of Paris. So grotty that a taxi driver wouldn't give us a lift unless we promised never to stay in that area again. But - hey - it was cheap!
Have a new picture. I've joined Frickr on Michael's recommendation. It's all very exciting...

Stranger Ken said...

I'm something of a regular there, also. It's a moving experience, especially the utterly decrepid tombs nearest to the main gate and, for very different reasons, the memorials at the back of the cemetery to concentration camp victims. Have you visited Montparnasse? Very vivid poem!

Cate said...

Frickr? Is that the Japanese branch of Flickr? Beware of friends who send you to the South Pacific.

Cocaine Jesus said...

Ah So, Frickr. Yes. Nipponees variant of Flickr. Fact is the land of the rising sun invented Frickr first and then white skinned Europeans copied us!

Amie said...

i've been away far too long! new pic on SFBSG's profile! Yay! He looks mighty respectable too...uh not that I meant you're not.

the poem is great even though it produced an eerie picture :)

and i think you meant flickr, right? give as the link? but if you meant as what cate said a japanese ver of it then...uh nevermind. i couldn't read japanese even if my life depends on it. :p

Roger Stevens said...

I'll just remind you all that I am a very responsible person indeed. Mr Responsible they call me. Well... actually they don't call me that but I bet that's what they think when they see me.

Yes, yes, yes, yes... all right!!! I know!!! It's Flickr. It's a silly way to spell it anyway...

tammy said...

This is a wonderful poem. Eerie and beautiful at the same time. Love the image of leaves tumbling like stone birds - their wings too heavy to fly - and the contrasting image at the end of the laughter of crows rising up to a marble sky. Well written. And thanks for stopping by my blog (your word verification box is much nicer than mine.)

Sue hardy-Dawson said...

Loved 'Pere Lachaise' the other two made me laugh. Thank-you for your kind words. Sorry to hear Judy dog has taken a tumble, the offer is still open to draw her if you would like.

I'm doing a drop in art workshop at the white rose shopping centre as the grand finaly to the 'Arts for kids project' with another artist at the end of half term, so busy doing some big pictures of Leeds buildings to add to the wall freeze we will be making on the day

michael said...

H. R. Frickr the Swiss mail artist? Yes, i remember him. He visited us once at Lambeth Walk. Nice man.
A poem just right for All hallows Eve even.

Patry Francis said...

Lovely poem and your notes about Jim Morrison make it even more evocative.

Anonymous Poet said...

Haunting . . .

Did you visit Jim Morrison's grave while you were there?

Anonymous Poet said...

Also, I really like the two "standing" poems. The one regarding your head is especially funny. We could all stand to be reminded of that sometimes.

Roger Stevens said...

Thanks for all your comments.

Yes, we did visit Jim's grave. It's a bit of an anti-climax. Not as good as the music he made when he was alive.
There are some amazing graves there. It definitely should be on anyone's Paris itinery.

I have a vaguely Indian verification word this time.
Gitoyvda. Or maybe it's East European.

Cate said...

I believe it's Lilliputian.

Boomsa Happy said...

Long time no nothing, Roger. How are you?

I am weird.

Pincushion said...

Hello Mr. Stevens!(errrr..the pic kinda made me sit straight and be all prim n proper ;))

Never been to Paris (tho' definitely on to do list!)All those tombstones, morbid but all the same evocative! Liked the moodiness of it all!

hwogo-how go?
:))

michael said...

Did you know its not possible to put a comment on your St. Albans Haiku? That's why it hasnt got any, poor thing!

Russell Ragsdale said...

Rather enjoyed this Roger! Vastly solid images in and about the living at the haunt of the dead!