Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Harness of Transmutation

Suspended helpless, wrapped in gauzy thread
She stretches, pulls a strand above her head,
Resistance, firm, it binds her naked will,
Relenting, she surrenders and holds still,
Love's potion drunk, she climbs the narrow stairs
And by the garden pool forgets all cares,
The Universe and consciousness in One,
Together as the sun sets, let us run!



  1. I wrote this in about ten minutes, much unlike my last poem which took hours....literally!!

    But this also means that I'm not sure what it means exactly, so hopefully you, dear reader, will be able to make much more sense of it than me. ;^)

  2. I think its nice ....=)))..... sounds like the perfect soul mate

  3. Well, it's beautiful, actually. Almost read like how it could have been when Helen ran away from Sparta with Paris. She left her responsibilities to be with the man she "accidentally and incidentally" fell in love with, thanks to the strings pulled by puppet-master Aphrodite!

  4. I imagined it more as acceptance and universal love and freedom...

    But then what do I know? It could be romantic love also, and we are but puppets in a "Magic Shadow-show / Played in a Box whose Candle is the Sun / Round which we Phantom Figures come and go." (The Rubaiyat)

    So Helen of Troy if you like, but somehow I was hoping that through acceptance and transmutation (!), Helen can transcend the puppet-master, re-gain her true self and become truly free.

    I guess it didn't quite happen like that for her because the gods are always meddling in Greek mythology and often jealous or angry about one thing or another and the humans are forever pawns in their games. But then looking on Wikipedia, there's one version of events that almost immediately after her rescue and return to Sparta after the long Trojan war, she was taken up to Mount Olympus and became a goddess... that was much more the kind of ending I was thinking of, lol.

  5. You could try reading Helen of Troy, a historical fiction by Margaret George. Helen was portrayed there as a demi-goddess, allegedly sired by the great Zeus himself. So in the end she did "return" to Mt. Olympus as a deity. I don't quite remember how exactly the ending went.

    Hmm... suddenly I feel like reading it up once again!

  6. According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen#Birth, she was born of Zeus and Leda (or possibly Nemesis) mating as swans, so she was born from an egg, and apparently as a young girl she was kidnapped by that rascal Theseus, willingly so they say, and left with his mother, intending to keep her till she was old enough to marry, but she was rescued by her twin brothers Castor & Pollux whilst Theseus was out on another expedition, this time to Hades where he was taken prisoner, all this happening presumably after the whole Ariadne incident, and Theseus was only rescued by Heracles as part of his twelfth task. Amazing how all the stories tie up, lol.

  7. Wow, you're right! And this story cropping up almost right after your Adriadne poem, like a subsequent episode in a series or trilogy or something! (heh heh... *hint*)

  8. wow. I like it. Sounds simple but complicated at the same time

  9. I must say this fascinates me:
    "The Universe and consciousness in One,
    Together as the sun sets, let us run!"

    ...and we can sing and dance as the sun dawns!

    Great poem this is, dude!

  10. Ah, the romantic poet jach speaks as if everything is that easy!

    Hoping is the only part in our hands...rest is pre-destined. *tears*