Friday, 1 May 2009

POEM: Boundaries

Potent passion corralled
in a bullpen; penned by society,
defined by religiousness,
enforced by decorum.

Tantalizing, unspoken, illicit,
veiled; like the liaison between
a monk and a whore, or the sons
of God and the daughters of men,

freedom knocks, yet mocks
at the apex of the boundary
where insanity and sanity
become one – a Ferris wheel

promising to take the curious
somewhere but circles nowhere,
the ecstasy and agony
of knowing that I will never

be master of my own destiny.

Catherine Mark

ps. I took the photo of this Manchester Ferris Wheel a few weeks back :)


Selchie said...

have a great weekend.))


Chuck Dilmore said...
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Chuck Dilmore said...

most. most. incredible.

you craft the perfect rhythms...
requiring me to read aloud, and
each word is granted only after a little, sweet pain.

but so worth it!

you maaay never be the master of your destiny.
but i think i speak for everyone when i say:
you are A Master.

you could be satisfied with this alone!
(but i think you chase something larger. more.)

excellence... is already yours.

thank you for this!
very, very good writing!

Strawberry Girl said...

What a masterfully done piece, as others have already stated... a topic that I have wanted to deal with myself (very difficult to do well).


Anonymous said...

apex of beauty.....

that this is.....

Rogue said...

Sublime sensuality tempered with the cynicism of questions, too long unanswered. We all come away with our own spin on what the poet paints with words. And dear Cath, you ARE a master. Very well done. I enjoyed it immensely.

Christopher Raun Leth said...

A lovely poem you've created. Yes, it's difficult, maybe even impossible, to be master of your own destiny, but fortunately we try anyway:-)

Linda S. Socha said...

This is incredible Cath. You have outdone yourself on this one dear.It is incredibly written and thought provoking to the point of discomfort! A good thing!

JM said...

This is a great photo to go with your poem! Well done!

Rush said...

great poetry

Rush said...

and yea, loved the pic..nicely taken

Cynthia said...

Hi Cath! your poem is awesome in
her scope, the taking in of life's
dichotomy; the attraction of the
other [side of ourselves?} the
desire to be safe and free.

Greener Bangalore said...

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kenflett said...

Catherine, you write naked words, so beautiful.

Printemps said...

Powerful poetry and Powerful truth!

Hits the sub-conscious!

truly superb!

Trevor Lingard said...

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Thank you for visiting my blog. I am plaesed you did so that I can check out your very interesting blog. I hope we continue to follow.

CathM said...

@Sarah: Thank you. Hope you had a fab Bank Holiday weekend!

@Chuck: Hmmmmm... indeed, to be ‘a master of the pen’ is something I strive to be (lol) but I think I’ve got a long way to go yet before ‘excellence’ is truly mine (smile). But thank you for your generous words of encouragement as it gives me the motivation to keep striving and penning!

@Annie: Ah – thank you... for reading and commenting so favourably.

@Paul: If only... it could be more :)

@Andrew: Such a perceptive and insightful comment ...‘sublime sensuality tempered with the cynicism of questions’ – me thinks, I am rather too consumed with the latter as opposed to the former. ps I wonder what your ‘spin’ on the poem is?

@Christopher: Hee hee hee, ‘trying to be masters of our destinies’ is in the human genome, I think... because we do persist with this futile goal (more often than not).

@Linda: ‘Thought provoking to the point of discomfort’ --- I’m glad - what a wonderful comment! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

@JM: Well, I’m still an amateur when it comes to photographs and photography (lol) but thank you for your comment.

@Rush: Welcome to my blog. Lovely to have you on board as a ‘blogging comrade’! Thanks for your comments. And, I hope to stay connected to your site too.

@Cynthia: OoooHhhh yes, you've got it :)

@Greener Bangalore: Saw your cool reply... it made me smile. Thanks!

@ken: AhHhhhh... thank you!

@Printemps: ‘Powerful poetry and powerful truth... hits the sub-conscious’ --- now, this is a comment and a half. Too generous and kind, thank you!

@Trevor: Welcome to my blog space. I’m looking forward to staying connected with yours!

Lilly Jones said...

This is really good. Well done! No wonder it has stimulated so many diverse comments.

judith ellis said...

Catherine - Well done! The poem is life, the continuous contrast itself. Thank you for this very real expression, palpitating pulse.

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CathM said...

@Lilly J: Thank you, sis!

@Judith: It’s lovely to have you stop by and comment. Thank you!

@Annie: WOW! I’m totally chuffed :) Thank you, sweet!

Anonymous said...

Catherine, you relate the battle with color and meaning. It is tragic and incomprehensible that we have to go to such depths of spirit to create such beauty. Into the abyss of light and rainbow you will fall some day and on some days, as we all do. Heartache and joy hold hands.

CathM said...

@Ananji: What a wonderful and insightful comment. Thank you so much for stopping by and connecting to my blog. Lovely to make your acquaintance!