Monday, May 30, 2016


Our Daily Bread, Anders Zorn, 1886 watercolor National MuseumStockholm, Sweden, public domain. The artist painted his mother cooking.


Darkness bred a dark bread
abused by reason, the way our world is

left with vanishing gods; you don't suppose
this is how gods, too, are abused, left
the way they are with titans to overcome?

One thing about Mneme (at least in the Greek
poetic, experience of the divine) is
that rather significant, vertical role
they imagined she played, she a kind of edge
linking and separating irrevocably
divine & mortal hanging each immeasurably
aloof within our own dark memory

Some depth disfigurements right something,
write disfigurements into dark holes with the
blackening hole holding together in belonging
a spiraling train track “making us up” for real.
Such a crippled poetics rites one with a logos
beyond words, transfiguring & mortal in its
human incarnation; god’s body disappears
to remember this world train cars will fabricate
to trump up.

Once upon a time there was a timeless living
soul giving birth to light—such light seemed
seamlessly a word beyond words—creatrix.
Magic mused psyche-making before psyche
became a word made flesh. It still does.

Sometimes I can see through timeless, living
psyche-making and I, too, reimagine
how it keeps working opposite my own
zombie, my emptied-soul
utilitarian-eyed, cyclopian trump-train.

©2016 Give Us This Day: Our Daily Bread stephaniepope

1.  Regarding the trump-train/daily bread likeness as pun and what it imagines ( i.e. what it is pointing to) consider

a. a trump car is like  a trump card by which one is “taken” in
b. by way something trumped up.
c. Playing the car/card imaginally teaches one how not to a-void aka avoid the void by which one is duped. One can see it and see through it.  In one's psyche-making, one plays, too, not playing to not get played.

2. Watercolor by Anders Zorn, Our Daily Bread (1886), 68 x 102 cm, National Museum, Stockholm, Sweden. WikiArt. Image in public domain.

3. French Impressionist Andrew Zorn