Lyndsay Ayliffe

Chaos - Poem by Lyndsay Ayliffe

I see the dark skies
They are surrounding them
The horse is neighing
The ladder is shaking

Across this desert, chaos is happening

The cube is so small
Different colours cover each side
The cube and ladder have become friends
The ladder leans on the cube for support

On the group stands one flower
It's lilac pedals so beautiful
The storm is darling
As the flower wilts a tiny bit

Across this desert, chaos is happening

A big strike of lightening
BAM. It lights the desert up
For a moment there is stillness

It is in my dreams
A desert full of chaos
The lightening strikes again
The thunder bangs so loudly

Topic(s) of this poem: desert, imagery, life, sky, storm

Form: Free Verse

Comments about Chaos by Lyndsay Ayliffe

  • Daniel Brick (11/24/2015 10:26:00 PM)

    This is a poem of the surrealist imagination, for which I have the profoundest regard. What makes it work as a surrealist text? First, it's the poet's voice conveys complete confidence in the vision she is presenting, there's not a false note which suggests, Oh, just kidding! Second, these are the most concrete of images, there's nothing fuzzy or abstract about them, they exist in their own integrity, and not in some symbolic realm. I have no idea what the cube stands for, or the ladder, but I know they are there in front of me and cannot be denied. Third, it's the presence of things, simple, ordinary things, that suddenly we can barely recognize despite their familiarity that makes them disturbing. And all of this happens without any cheap special effect on your part. You create an atmosphere of portent. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, November 4, 2015

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