For all my life
I’ve obeyed the rules
– their rules

Never following my heart
nor my abdomen
neither believing what my gut told me
nor my own thoughts

I obeyed every commandment
each edict
the letters and spirits of law
and any code of conduct

Yet here I am

The devil’s instruments
leading me on
to bare my soul
unveil my deepest desires
and tremble
with delight


If, like me, you didn’t know what hecatocheires were, you can look it up here.

Napowrimo.net provided us with a lovely challenge for day 6 of #NaPoWriMo: “Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem from the point of view of one person/animal/thing from Hieronymous Bosch’s famous (and famously bizarre) triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights.”

According to a book in my house, the father of Hieronymous Bosch was a painter. He didn’t want to take on his son as an apprentice. Alledgedly he thought this son had too much fantasy to become a painter….

8 thoughts on “Hecatoncheires

  1. Angela van Son Post author

    Thank you! I need to look at your poems on my laptop, on my phone I can’t read the letters on the pictures. I hope to hop over tomorrow. Homeschooling distracts me from many of my plans… If not tomorrow, then later. It’s a promise!

  2. shadowprancer

    Excellent! You captured the movement in the painting, the trembling, the ecstatic nakedness.

  3. Shuku Li

    Yet here I am – oh I LOVE this line, and I love learning new words, and I think this is just a perfect description of that little (not so little) imp. But I identify too! Here I am. ❤


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