Sunday, April 27, 2008

Study in Red: Misinterpretations

There's a knot
in a rope tied to calf
or ankle,
and a mass of red
beneath which
I don't want to think -
a body seems to flatten and bleed.

This could be a misinterpretation of events,
although historically
many seem not to have bothered about such.

One can only deduce so much
from a single image
without aids of language,
context, or text
that might lead to alternatives.

This could be heaven, it could be hell.
Could be a UFO
or a trick of the light, or eyes.

If no offer to decode is made
any wrong conclusion arrived at
is as valid as any other.


Blogger Chris Never said...

Wow, this is not so much a poem as a dissertation on the possible interpretations of any given set of circumstances or images or sensory input.

And as such, its very cool *grin*

I love the introspective aspect

And the voice is really clever, not chiding or arrogant, but it still carries a tone of authority.

As you can see, this one caught my eye *grin*

2:55 PM  
Blogger burning moon said...

lol. yeah, it's not really a poem. I was trying to write something for a picture, but you can't really see much of what the picture is.
As I was writing I started to think about interpretations and history and who gets to say what was really happening and how different what is happening is depending on who's telling the story. So I ended up with this.

9:41 PM  

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