Dust In The Wind

by Ben Pickard   May 10, 2017


With a fugacious treachery of the body,
I write this even as I disintegrate.
Falling into the unfathomed darkness -
a Willo the Wisp of uninhabited chasms -
I plunge, headlong, into the ether.

Into the unpierced ether, I plunge, a
forlorn and fugacious figure with diluted
passions and a tendency to dance with the dust...

Dispersing into the very doldrums of every
blasted fissure, my love for you still snakes
and escapes the gaps but only as wilting
tendrils of a body that was opaque,
but now is translucent.

A phantom's pallor is putrid,
and I am a diluted minion of the ether...

How can I dance or raise my tomblike visage
when my fireworks will no longer ignite, contaminated
as they are with the damp of these unreached chasms?

I am now cemented in the deepest crater of the moon;
I am the last atom of rust on a sunken ship that morosely
roams the deepest depths of the ocean, dancing on its own
forever more to the sway of the blasted current and rolled
around the seabed - a damned and wretched
vessel of the deep.

Blow the dust from these words if left unread,
and dance with me in the heavenly sunlight
that floods the room that will have been
dank and squalid these many long years past.

Dance with the dust that blows softly on the wind.

Dance with me.

--

Ben Pickard 2017

*I should say that - although some people will probably hate it - the repetition in this piece is on purpose. I've been reading D.H. Lawrence
whose repetition can be absurd but strangely comfortable after hundreds of pages...

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  • 4 weeks ago

    by Fredy

    I've already left a comment on this one, but i feel I have to again... this is perhaps one my favorite poems of all time.. i revisit it often... i printed it out and have it in a binder with other poets works.... it's amazing and a testament to what a great poet you are. Thank you for your work Ben.

    • 4 weeks ago

      by Ben Pickard

      Thanks so much, Fredy - I'm glad you enjoy it so much. If we can write anything that resonates with others than that is all we can ask.

  • 7 months ago

    by Em

    Idk why but I'm singing she's like the wind right now lol
    Beautiful piece Ben

  • 7 months ago

    by mossgirl19

    I am lost for words for such brilliant use of words in one poem. I am not really into these deep words but you are such an amazing writer that even if you write longer poems with these words I would still be reading them. I enjoyed reading this poem and the message that it passed to me warmed my heart so much.

    • 7 months ago

      by Ben Pickard

      Thank you, again. All the best.

  • 7 months ago

    by ddavidd

    I love the name you borrowed from one of my favorite songs. I really actually like the repetition.
    It is such a glamorous piece. I should study it farther. There are more to learn from this work.

    • 7 months ago

      by Ben Pickard

      Thanks, Frank. Yes, it was from Larry's 70s song contest and I chose this title. It's one of my favourite songs too.

  • 8 months ago

    by Fredy

    Dispersing into the very doldrums of every
    blasted fissure, my love for you still snakes
    and escapes the gaps but only as wilting
    tendrils of a body that was opaque,
    but now is translucent.

    Excuse my language but.... God Damn man! What an amazing stanza.... The imagery, the flow... holy hell man.... definitely a favorite. Great job as always Ben.

    • 8 months ago

      by Ben Pickard

      Language excused, Fredy, and thanks for your time, lol

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