My Life as a Gothic Novel

Jean-Marie Poumeyrol
Jean-Marie Poumeyrol

My room is strewn with the detritus
Of my attempted past lives:
The deadmens suits of discarded personas,
Soiled with sweat and stained at the crotch;
On the floor lie at succession of cracked masks,
Obscuring chalk drawings of circles and pentagrams,
The walls are lined with shattered mirrors
A procession of refracted images
Which if superimposed would reveal
To everyone interested a detailed confession
Of my life as a Gothic novel:
The sad eyes heavy with unquiet sleep
Stare back at me unfocused,
People used to say I was bleakly handsome
And though I couldn’t quite see it myself
I took them at their word,
Ran with this perception and granted it half a reality
But is this any excuse for such overweening vanity,
Because looks are always waving goodbye
In the darkening glass as the autumnal light fades.

The rain is soon to set in,
I doubt it will stop until after journey’s end.

18 thoughts on “My Life as a Gothic Novel

    1. Thank you Miss Heart. I wanted to do a swift expressionistic sketch of the elements without being too specific. An exercise in mood and atmosphere. I like Poumeyrol work, dank and suggestive. Glad you enjoyed.

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      1. Oh just enjoy it. You’re assembling another nice collection. These dark days are good for writing poetry. Creativity flourishes in the gloom. Or something like that

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