Dark Sayings

Pour out libations of coffee
on the mountain.
Hand the longer straw
to the loser.
Soften tall buildings
with mystical solvent
until they topple.
Put a painting in each hand,
then toss them into the dumpster.
Do you still believe in miracles
after hearing these dark sayings?
How can your heart not be sad?
Even the blackbird is numb.


Poem © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Sunday’s Whirligig #148
More Poetry Pantry #390 at Poets United

Posted on February 11, 2018, in Poetry Pantry, Poets United, Sunday's Whirligig and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. Rosemary Nissen-Wade

    I am glad to say I never heard any of those particular sayings before – but I know that negativity is destructive in all sorts of ways.

  2. The heart must sad at wanton destruction or humanity ceases to exist. Happy Sunday MMT. Thanks for dropping in at my Sunday Standard today


    much love…

  3. Well, I would like to be able to believe in miracles in this time of darkness, but the darkness just seems to be spreading……sigh. The blackbird being numb seems symbolic as some general numbing that seems to be so prevalent.

  4. I can see that the state of the world is spreading its darkness into the magical world of your mind. I think most of us are numb at this point. This is very deep.

  5. May the blackbird sing the sorrow away soon… we cannot spread darkness more

  6. Interesting take on the words. Thought provoking.

  7. What a heavy heart we can have when negativity is bred.

  8. Even the blackbird is numb really speaks to me. Beautiful and sad, as is the earth right now.

  9. I do still believe in miracles even when I am feeling numb…very creative poetry with the word selection.

  10. Ok! But still up in the morning 🙂

  11. I think the realisation that the beautiful world we live is not all that it is cracked up to be might make us view these words with approval, but not joy. Mankind has a pecular tendency to ruin everything mainly from greed and quest for power. The greatest expendable being his own race.

  12. I never heard these sayings. Maybe that’s why I still believe in miracles.

  13. Despite your negativity, these rise up and speak good energy to me:

    “Soften tall buildings
    with mystical solvent” … This makes me see them as warbly, not falling — portals to other worlds, you know? Or just dreamlike.

    “Put a painting in each hand” … And this is just always good advice. But even the sentence that follows can be turned. You made me think of dumpster diving. So what if you’re throwing beauty into the trash for other people (who don’t mind getting dirty) to find and enjoy? 🙂

    If the blackbird is numb, it’s probably cold. Maybe it needs a good, swift rubbing; then it can fly and sing again. Yeah? Yeah.

  14. The blackboard is numb. Too often we do not speak out or act out of pure fear.

  15. A very interesting poem. It had me contemplating every line, which I like.

  16. Hard to get out from under the weight of this poem, which means you nailed it.

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