Treasure Island

Jan De Raeymaeker

Lights out

I turn out the light and am left with a flashbulb sight
Remembered shapes fade quickly in colour, spreading to naught
Warm walnut, burgundy, fig-green, gold: colours forgotten
I stand alone, blinking nothing
My senses are muffled, yet heightened
As I try to find something to alight on

And, like the dawn, dim shapes are born in abstraction
Hints of curves, mentions of meeting surfaces
Dark square mouths with staunch crooked teeth
Lines lent to occasional haunches
Bent arms extruding near bleary backs
Walls, worn smooth by gloom, cut with angled forms
Ends running to an overcast corner meet

Pale as cold, the spent light is framed
And all about have been cast pits of stalking dark
With shadowy tendrils
Rudimentary, engulfing, stark

Submitted: Friday, July 18, 2014

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