Death

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    Picture: Death, from an Italian tarot deck collected in the nineteenth century, Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford.

    I wrote a series of poems based on the court cards and major arcana of the Tarot de Bologna in 2005. A few of them may be good enough to put on Flickr; others will require some revision first. Here's one:

    XIII
    Death

    Alas, you are so easeful,
    And I have courted you so long.
    Your orbs

    Look like globes of compassion
    Set in a terse and tongueless skull.

    The reaping is easy
    When the seeds chack and clatter
    Like so many restless bones.

    Poem by Giles Watson, 2005.

    1. Clockwise Cat 95 months ago | reply

      these are tarot cards?

      love this!

    2. Giles Watson's poetry and prose 95 months ago | reply

      Yep - you commented before I had time to add the poem and notes. More to come!

    3. Clockwise Cat 95 months ago | reply

      i can't keep up with your stream, dammit!

      i'm going to become a flickr cop and demand that you SLOW DOWN.

      :-P

    4. Clockwise Cat 95 months ago | reply

      "terse and tongueless skull"

      amazing!

    5. Giles Watson's poetry and prose 95 months ago | reply

      Yikes! A Flickr speeding fine!

      Kinda thought you might like this :o)

    6. BeeWax1 95 months ago | reply

      As I said before "An art form" You could amass a fairly big collection of tarot cards. I very much like your interpretations on this series Giles, but don't let the politicians hear you mocking the devil. They consider him one of their own :-)

    7. Giles Watson's poetry and prose 95 months ago | reply

      Those dastardly politicians can keep their hands of the devil! He's ours!

      >:o)

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