George Murdock

Dali Professes His Love - Poem by George Murdock

I must climb you like a spine
revel in you like a yodeler in a cave
devote a continent to you
have no conscience about driving
natives from your land
I must erect a statue to you
or an obsidian obelisk polished
till the sun can’t shine on you
and clouds are unable to
obscure your magnificence
I want to curl across you
As if you were a frozen pond
and I were a curling stone
I will ride upon you
like Captain Ahab
lashed to your side with flotsam
and ragged sails
and beckon you with my dead arm
I will sing to you
with a voice like the sirens
drowning in your pillars
I must ignite a charge of trinitrotoluene
to announce your arrival
roll out a thousand feet
of a slave made rug
before introducing you
as my Gala

Comments about Dali Professes His Love by George Murdock

  • (8/16/2009 2:59:00 PM)

    If Dali had written instead, surely it would have been exactly this way. (Report) Reply

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  • (8/2/2009 4:15:00 AM)

    surrealistic imagery
    and fine crafting
    a tenner from me
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  • (4/18/2009 8:10:00 AM)

    ..i can imagine dali himself.twisting his mustache, enjoying this poem..nice tribute george! :) (Report) Reply

  • (10/31/2006 7:08:00 AM)

    Wonderful imagery-unconventional and original: 'I want to curl across you/as if you were a frozen pond/and I were a curling stone'; 'a thousand feet of a slave made rug'. Each image has that grand and glacial quality of Gala in the Dali artworks. Thanks for the wake-up read of the day. I'm adding this to favorites. (Report) Reply

  • (10/30/2006 1:33:00 PM)

    I have to say that Dali is one of my favourite artists, and i read this poem to investigate from the title and I was greatly rewarded by your take on the matter of love; and surrealism.
    Its imagery is rich and highly relevant and the language drips with pure lyricism-beautiful as truth!
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  • (12/13/2005 6:09:00 AM)

    Someone highlighted the importance of a title, and I am glad thaat they did, because this title caught my eye.

    This is a fantastic work George full of surrealist imagery. each line is crafted to a high degree.
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  • (12/13/2005 4:00:00 AM)

    Very nice angle to approach love from. (Report) Reply

  • (12/13/2005 2:49:00 AM)

    I love Dali, I have a collection! of his postcards! lol Your poem is a wonderful expression of what may have been his love. I wish someone, somewhere would honor me like that! Is this an error, 'knurling' I wonder? 10 from art lover Tai (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Poem Edited: Tuesday, December 20, 2005

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