Hecatoncheires

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
naked
with delight

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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!

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  2. shadowprancer

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

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  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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