Neil Young

Freshman - 788 Points (b.1970 / England)

Rigor Mortis - Poem by Neil Young

The earth, played out, seems forged with fear,
It bristles, stiffens, slowly fades
With introspection. Through the blear,
In our unease we move, bowed heads;
Eyes dare not catch the eyes in crowds.

Our long-filled faces, burrowed in
This stolid world of silence, ache.
A momentary smile may break,
So awkward, brief, merely polite,
When failing to avert our sight.

Mouths mime their cold songs. Drawing breath,
Lips scarcely move, then freeze to death
Again, as days assimilate
Our disbelief in any hope;
The obvolute, irresolute.

Born from inherent ignorance,
Preoccupied and paranoid,
Who eavesdrops far beyond the void?
Suspicions shall remain unhindered
As long the earth remains bewildered,

Listening for nothing...
Withdrawing to nothing...

Comments about Rigor Mortis by Neil Young

  • (12/14/2017 10:19:00 AM)

    You're so amazing. Your writing brought color to my day. I love reading poetry and THIS is my kind of poetry. I'll have to check out your books...this poem about the hardening of the Earth is so compelling. The ending leaves me sad, but the message is needed... (Report)Reply

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  • Susan Jarvis (4/18/2009 11:57:00 PM)

    A compelling piece; from the title to the closing lines the reader undergoes a linguistic journey of poignancy. For me, this conjures images of Orwell's 'Nineteen Eighty Four'. Some indelible imagery: 'It bristles, stiffens, slowly fades/With introspection...' is magnificent, made all the better by the effective line break. S :) (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, February 28, 2009

Poem Edited: Thursday, September 23, 2010

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