Friday, May 12, 2006

Glass Tumbler

Some time during the night
a glass rolled off the sideboard.
Its smooth cone spun circles
reflecting the dark.

Soundless it continues to fall
as I scramble for a place
I cannot see the shatter,
shield my eyes
from splintered fragments,
cover my ears
as the hammer swings up.

This is the way
I wake from the dream.


Blogger Alan said...

The amateur psychologist in me says you should sit down, clear your mind, visualise the glass falling in slow motion and your hands reaching out and catching it before it breaks, or visualise it containing nectar or ambrosia or whatever gods drink these days, and as it falls it tips it into your mouth and you are transported to a perfect world which you would not have reached of course had the glass not fallen. Something like that. Make up your own. Just make the antidote work, eh?

5:14 PM  
Blogger Martyn said...

There is a wonderful sense of tension and build-up in the poem. The glass points to something fragile, the precarious nature of which you're aware of, something which is always there, even when sleeping.

I really enjoyed it.

1:59 PM  
Blogger burning moon said...

Ah Alan, thanks for your good thoughts. You seek to alter the vision, but visions are what they are. Sometimes the mere appearance of the vision is the sign that it has passed.

Martyn, thanks. Yes, you got it exactly. I wasn't quite aware of what the import of this was myself until I read your comment, but yes, that was it. It was there so strongly even as I slept. Thanks.


4:37 PM  
Blogger Alan said...

...but the appearance of a disconcerting vision (at least one that recurs) is a sign that there is resolution yet to be achieved. Altering the vision is just a means of conducting a dialogue with the sub-conscious in its own language. Of course if you can relate the symbolism to events of the day, then the vision may well have passed. If you can't then its always worth investigating. You might not solve the particular references but like the I Ching, it might through up a framework for analysis that illuminates some entirely different aspect.

2:53 PM  

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