Today, we are privy to the last “Form Monday” at OneStop Poetry. This community has provided me so very much by way of growth…in my writing, and in my friendships. While the real world has me busy, I couldn’t let this pass without visiting, and have selected a previous Onestop submission inspired by Dante…and Brian Miller! We’re talking myth and poetry today at Onestop….have a visit, and share what this community has meant to you!
It Friday Poetically time again at Onestop Poetry, and this week, Brian Miller has provided us a great shot of Jean~Baptiste Carpeaux ‘s sculpture, “Ugolin et ses fils” who took his inspiration from Dante’s Divine Comedy. I only thought it appropriate for me to do the same.
Flesh of my Flesh
Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso
What is hell to one who has not sinned?
What is Purgatory to one who has yet to taste death?
What is Paradise if not heaven?
Beatrice awaits my arrival
But for 35 years the wood has grown and grown darker
Within her outstretched boughs
The lion and leopard wait
While the she~wolf prowls
Waiting to peel back my flesh
So on to the seven terraces I race
Climbing the mount that is Purgatory
Desiring closeness with those most high.
Flesh of my flesh
Heed my warnings
For my survival means nothing
If not for your own!
I have seen where we are to travel
But this pound of flesh is not mine to taste.
Beyond Beatrice they await
And this blood sacrifice bleeds not enough
For you to taste the glory
Of flesh, faith and spirit
United together through nine celestial spheres
Divided against itself
Where the divine trinity
From which comes our humanity
Image provided by Brian Miller @Onestoppoetry