Power Soliloquy

Been in Seoul where there is a never staunched flood of power in innumerable manifestations; so this poem seems a fitting expression of the contrast in power between city & country, though it doesn’t directly deal with that, this is an abstract expression of what power stands for to me.
This sonnet is the closest yet, out of all i’ve posted, to a Shakespearean sonnet
—though i’ve messed with the volta a bit.

Power soliloquy

Leviathan impaled upon a cypress tree,
its throat bust open like a sinking ship.
A poet’s posture, mimicking their anglepoise lamp.
A sack of hammers lobbed like a hive of bees.
Foucault demurely yawning, asked to unify
his theory. Watch a person, embody the inversion of
a stereotype & flabbergasted wonder if a whole life
inside an office cubicle, letting the key
strokes presage crow’s feet in the temple…
See this shoe box here, this jumble of cables,
if you can untangle them without frustration…
The fulcrum of an idea, on the tip of 2 kids’ minds
— a lamp switched off then on. A child
to point at the sun & say where’s it gone?

16 Comments Add yours

  1. kvennarad says:

    I can just see Foucault demurely yawning!

    1. I read that he really did refuse to unify theory & journalists did ask him about this , the yawn, i don’t know but like you i can see him doing when asked nth amount of times.

    1. What does it mean to you?

      1. pseudonymous says:

        Earlier today after reading this I began to wonder where I even heard it in the first place. I traced it back to it’s little neuron but alas there was nothing there but a new one in it’s place. It’s one of those things that shifts tectonically after reading a nice soliloquoy. It sorta sounds like how it is too and that’s always a plus.

      2. You thought you read this poem or read some of its contents elsewhere?

  2. I really like how you invert the idea of a ship sinking (filling with liquid) and Leviathan throat “bust open” like the ship’s exterior (losing liquid). I can;t remember the name of this literary technique but whatever it is you really used it well, if indeed it is a formal technique at all.

    You are extremely smart…quod erat demonstrandum!! 🙂

    1. It’s on the tip of my tongue.
      i’m quite proud of that simile, the image is striking. My similes are always arduously thought out so that they really impact on the reader, at least that is always my intention. i don’t know how they always land with people as they don’t seem to be something people really pick up on.

    2. Metonym? Leviathan & the ship are a metonym for government & politics in this poem.

  3. Singledust says:

    Hi there! Interesting that you are also inspired by the tangle of power lines in Korea. During my time in Seoul I too was fascinated with this and I always captured them against a magnificent sky. Your sonnet was very powerful. I could feel the strain of a confined life in a shoe box with a tiny hole to allow light in and at the same time a limited look outside within the periphery of it’s opening. Came to your writing from the SIx Foot Bonsai’s blog. And this piece called out.

    1. The sonnet is an abstract look at power, so it invites the reader to consider power in all its manifestations. i wasn’t directly inspired by power lines, sorry if the image provoked that, it was an image i’d taken which suggests power. The theme of power came to me from reading about Foucault’s ideas on power, on the panopticon & other ideas about State power & different forms of power. But the poem certainly suggests any form of power, so i don’t want you to think i am saying you are wrong, not at all— i am quite a transparent writer & have no problem explaining the sources of a theme or explaining a line or anything like that.
      i like where you went with the shoe box image, but i had in mind patience, especially thinking about my dad who confronted with a box of cables just loses his rag & can’t complete the task without agitation, but to unravel it without anger or stress, that suggests power, don’t know if i have that power though, haha.

      1. Singledust says:

        Thank you! I appreciate the explanation and more so that you are honest to say I may not have got it the way you meant to write it. often times people are kind and just agree with what I may say, I admire your honesty and respect the thoughts you have captured. I suppose those power lines affected me in a different way. I saw it as lives connecting touching and then not anymore. But your mention of power made me recall the effect the power lines had on me when I walked looking up at it. And the shoe box thing it was very tempting for me to see it explained the way I imagined! Though I think like you I too do not have the patience to unravel cables or Christmas tree lights for that matter!! It was a good analogy to having control and power over the smallest irritations and not let it control us.

      2. Despite my intention it should not interfere with your way of perceiving the poem, but as you say i am ‘honest’, i want my poem to say certain things as well as what people perceive themselves; not that people are wrong to embellish, but only that it should be known that i have intentions too.

      3. Singledust says:

        noted and very appreciated, and certainly your intentions need to be heard, you are creator and designer after all of the precious words, nothing should distract from that. but its also the discussion that gives the word weight after all right? Well to me anyways. I do enjoy the analogies writers make with the ordinary they see and connect it to the wonders unseen. I will be reading more of you for sure. Thanks again for the insight to the intentions!

      4. O yes, the discussion is paramount.

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