Insomnium

I woke up in a cold sweat, having studied

Genesis 3 again until the early morning,

in Latin. If you have seen The Exorcist,

do not read Genesis 3 in the Vulgate.

In my dream there was no woman,

but a dark figure with a mortal coil

that was vaguely confident of something,

and it was me and him, no other eye to

blame, just me watching this magician

whose trick depended on positioning

in angles that broke the back of

geometry, a handless magus

who lisped from his limbless body,

aperientur oculi vestri, et eritis sicut dii,

scientes bonum et malum,

which was slicker than hocus pocus,

as it made even death look sweet.

 

 

 

***Genesis 3:5 – . . . “aperientur oculi vestri, et eritis sicut dii, scientes bonum et malum.” Translated: “your eyes shall be opened: and you shall be as Gods, knowing good and evil.”

2 comments

  1. Mark,

    Eve should have read your poem before she speculated on the difference
    between ‘in paradise’ and in ‘the midst of paradise’. Then maybe good and
    evil would not be an issue. Nah…that limbless magus must be faced and
    defeated (daily, in one way or another).

    It sounds like the speakers nightmare was a vision, or vise versa.

    Sarah

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  2. Hi Mark.

    Fascinating to me
    that there was not a woman/Eve in this dream.

    “but a dark figure with a mortal coil
    that was vaguely confident of something,
    and it was me and him, no other eye to
    blame”

    A little more frightening
    with no other person to blame
    and a magician so good with tricks and angles.

    Much enjoyed reading.
    take care,
    Kerri

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