My poetry is but an attempt to record feelings. All poems are written in one go. I do not tend to their aesthetic appeal, as that requires extra processing which detracts from my truth in the moment.
Owls (my poem)
On this windy night I mark my territory Alone with the owls
Horizons (my poem)
Where is the end, friend? No rainbow led me beyond the horizon Horizons; horizons everlasting Paths converge only to diverge You experience the blessing and the curse and accept transfiguration
Cold bones (my poem)
Leaving at dawn you swear on your cold bones to make it happen
Desert (my poem)
Desert Wrong inquiry Achievements False needs Control Powerful delusion Lightness Freedom from justification Why? Why me? Why not?
Rainmaker (my poem)
Rest rainmaker Time washes away what water cannot
Idol (my poem)
In shattering the mirror you reduced yourself to what which you despised Emancipated you are when mirrors don't draw comparisons
Acceptance (my poem)
Walking on a path Encountering fellow travellers How far we go together is of no import It suffices that we wandered There are twists and turns You go left, another continues straight "Farewell, beloved" Maybe there is a terminus Or maybe---just maybe---there are more paths Travellers on yet another adventure Living the moment on an ever-lasting cycle What is the purpose of all this? Staring at the sunset Amazed by the beauty of the cosmic oneness We entertain thoughts that have no answers Laugh, cry, curse the gods for your ignorance You know that beauty is not rationalisable Reduce the vastness to reason if you seek an empty shell Why is beauty so readily recognisable yet undefinable? It makes no sense Travel my dear in search of nothing Seek not the simulacrum of certainty Dream of that one kiss that excites you Paths converge and diverge As memories fade and hopes arise And remember the kind words of the sage: "Why should it? Why should it make sense to you?"
Here (my poem + audio)
It all happens here Walk where eagles fly Cogitate the vastness Appeal to your divine Dance and sing along The beyond eludes us
Raw link: Raw link: https://soundcloud.com/protesilaos/here.
Peak (my poem)
On this frigid peak I forge my new beginnings Calm yet resolute
Cloud (my poem)
Where to little cloud? Which mountain is calling you? Which storm awaits?
Alien (my poem)
Alien in this shifting landscape Lover of the sublime that wasn't
Visage (my poem + audio)
Rays of light Adorn the violet sky Your visage I discern A smile amid the clouds Who are you?
Raw link: https://soundcloud.com/protesilaos/visage.
Nowhere (my poem + audio)
No sky my friend No sea to sink the sorrows No land to call your own
Raw link: https://soundcloud.com/protesilaos/nowhere.
Eagle (my poem + audio)
Mountain eagle Peerless among those clouds How is loneliness?
I encounter eagles regularly. This morning I saw another. I was inspired to compose this and record it on the spot.
Raw link: https://soundcloud.com/protesilaos/eagle.
Vagrant (my poem + audio)
Tell me vagrant Did you find the magic grove? Do sorcerers cry?
Another moment of inspiration during my walks. It was windy: you can hear it in the audio.
Raw link: https://soundcloud.com/protesilaos/vagrant.
Enchantress (my poem + audio)
Enchant me Siren Guide my ship to your rocks N'kiss me as I drown
I thought about this while walking in the mountains (yeah, I don’t have a ship). I did the audio on the spot.
Sellsword (my poem + audio)
Dejected sellsword dying in some foreign land for a cause I hated
I thought about this while walking in the mountains. I did the audio on the spot.
Raw link: https://soundcloud.com/protesilaos/sellsword.
Travellers (my poem)
Begone traveller We wandered blithely Now I must awaken
Hopes (my poem)
Process those hopes To extract a drop of strength Time favours no one
Seafarer (my poem)
Avoid the sea It takes you away And so I did Yet far away I am
You don’t get to choose everything.
Shadows (my poem)
Shadowy figure The order in this darkness A blossoming face The elusive one Obscure yet mysterious A shadow in space This light shall guide me And I will thus approach you As you fade away To worry and fear That I may forever lose What I never had
Defy the comfort zones while you can.
Large dogs (my poem)
Beware of large dogs, for they are strong Beware of first looks, for they are wrong
Prejudice in the form of praise continues to be prejudice.
Constraints (my poem)
Distance mind renders bridgeable Proximity life makes improbable
Hope for the best.
Trains (my poem)
Trains come Trains go Rides taken Walk some Walk slow Years forsaken
Does the walker miss out? Can the walker not miss out qua walker?
Tokens (my poem)
Let me, stranger, capture your attention Help me, smartphone, depict my personality
Trying to show what is not apparent…
Freedom (my poem)
Live silently Nobody cares Reveal yourself None watches Speak freely No-one listens
The irony and futility of being ignored…
Colours (my poem)
Blue or green memento of a Summer gone Black or grey reminder of sweet delusion
Hopelessness of contrasting times…
Olives (my poem)
Today's olives taste unlike yesterday's Years thus pass Dear caring mind you varied the routine But I noticed
Stale routines are normalised…