Bilingual Poem: the flames dance

If you are ill,
you need to see,
something new,
with your eyes.

In the night,
the fire dances,
and in the night,
your eyes see flames.

 

Si usted está infermo,
usted necesita mirar,
algo nuevo,
con su ojos.

En el noche,
el fuego balina,
y en el noche,
su ojos miran llamas.

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Poem with an explanation: Eyes and a wolf

Eyes closed,
     seeing.

A wolf follows,
growls,
snarls,
and at the moment,
     falling off a cliff.

 

Eyes open,
     darkness.

A wolf follows,
growls,
snarls,
and at the edge of the cliff,
     a bridge appears,
     and then a glen.

Peace.

 

This poem is surreal in nature.  It expresses an idea through imagery that has an imaginative quality.

The literal explanation of the poem, is that someone is having a dream.  The dream has a very bad situation, that is not just bad in the short term, but bad in the long term.  Then in the poem, the person wakes up, still fells the negative long term feeling from the dream, but then realizes it wasn’t real, and relaxes.

The first stanza, is a contradiction.  The first line says “Eyes closed” the second line says “seeing”.  This is meant to set the tone of the surreal poem.  In a literal sense, it describes the person dreaming: their eyes are closed, but they see the dream.

The second stanza describes the bad situation in the dream.  The bad thing in some way hounds the person (a wolf follows), gets to the person and increases the dread (growls, snarls), and when the bad thing happens there is a short term negative impact (at the moment) and also a long term negative impact (falling off a cliff).  The bad feeling comes from something that does not end when it first happens, but it continues.

The second half of the poem, is separated from the first half.  It starts with a mirror stanza of “Eyes open, darkness.”  This stanza mirrors the first stanza, but in this case, it describes the person being awake.  Their eyes open, but because it is night, they see darkness.

The next stanza has the same first three lines as the second stanza (A wolf follows, growls, snarls).  This is meant to show, that when the person first wakes up, they feel as if the dream was real, and the bad thing is still there.

The next line in the stanza shows a change.  It keeps the cliff image, but instead of falling off, as in the dream, the person starts to come to a realization that the dream was not real (a bridge appears), and then they are in a place where they feel better (a glen).

The person realizes the dream was not real and that they are alright, and so they feel peace.

Poem Series Voting Reminder

Today is the last day to vote for the subject of next week’s poem series on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things.

Voting is easy.

In the box below, simply type one of the five following words and click submit:

 Dogs

 Tanka (these poems won’t be about tankas, but will use the tanka form)

 Eyes

 Yesterday

 Cure

It is very simple.  Vote today.

As motivation to vote, here is one poem that incorporates all five of the subjects:

Yesterday morning,
the small dogs watched with bright eyes,
as the child hid,
from her mother who called her,
to come take her medicine.