Rod Mendieta


I tip the crystal goblet of my soul
And pour out the water of mercy
But it cuts like exploding shrapnel
The parched face of the thirsty.

I take off my warm overcoat
Wrap it ‘round the bones of Humanity
But the skeleton whips out a dagger
And stabs me with insanity.

I bring a slice of unleavened bread
Close to a toothless mouth agape
But there spring rows of sharp teeth
That bite me, as were I a sweet grape.

I make out menacing clouds above,
Pale magicians riding gathering-storms,
Their flight unfolding a black shroud,
Their laughter shooting borer-worms.

Topic(s) of this poem: evil, insensitivity

Poem Submitted: Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Poem Edited: Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Form: Verse

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Comments about Borer-Worms by Rod Mendieta

  • Bri EdwardsBri Edwards (2/2/2019 1:43:00 PM)

    WHIP UP OR whip out? either way, not very nice. naughty, naughty!

    very fanciful. a dream? it seems to go from 1 - something YOU do causing harm..TO 2 - things you offer backfiring on you, .. TO 3 - a magical force being playful with worms.


    p.s. those sharp teeth don't seem grapeful.

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    Rod MendietaRod Mendieta(2/4/2019 3:52:00 PM)

    , you're right again: it's definitely whip out. My, what big eyes you have there!

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  • Bri EdwardsBri Edwards (3/26/2017 7:17:00 PM)

    damn evil things! !

    now ya got me feeling sorry for grapes.

    some people just don't know HOW to be grateful!

    : ( : (

    bri [ ;) ]

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    Rod MendietaRod Mendieta(3/27/2017 9:39:00 AM)

    Yes Bri, and evil thoughts boring in to the center of our minds possibly compounding all things... But on a lighter note, with a little effort one might just get a glimpse of the Evil Magicians and then be forwarned. Thanks for the comments!

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  • Tom Billsborough (2/23/2017 2:37:00 AM)

    A surreal poem of exhilarating images. Lines three and four are quite outstanding, Rod and the whole first rate.
    It's going into my favourites' list.

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    Rod MendietaRod Mendieta(2/23/2017 11:42:00 AM)

    Dear Tom: this is what it's all about, knowing that at least one reader will be inspired by one's poems. Makes it all worth the hassle! Thanks for dropping by and feel free to come back anytime... Rod

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