Sophia White

('90 / America)

A Man, A Cloak, A Gondola


A Man, A Cloak, a Gondola,
A Subterranean Sea.
These Four recurring Elements
Compose a Mystery.

I draw him many, many times
Boating on that Sea.
And beneath his slippr’y boat
An eel with dagger teeth.

I don’t know how this imagery
Is always in my mind.
Perhaps it is a forewarning,
A vision of some kind.

A Man, A Cloak, A Gondola,
A Subterranean Sea.
The Four recurring Elements
Compose a Mystery.

Submitted: Wednesday, May 31, 2006

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  • Will Barber (5/31/2006 10:19:00 PM)

    A religious philosopher said that the essential religious experience was awe - that the Mystery must remain unreduced to rational explanations in order to retain its power. This very lovely poem manages to awe and mystify. It also echos a good many mythological resonances. Truly impressive. And VERY well-written. (Report) Reply

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