‘Cry Mercy and Gentleness’ Cry 4/5: Transformations Poems (Book 4)

2 Jul


George Braque Metamorphoses

February 2013-March 2014

17 poets, 15 months, creating 1 contemporary reworking of Ovid’s Metamorphoses

See the Transformations Page for more details or the ‘Present Collaborations’ Tab


Poems Inspired by Book 4



Sadaf Fatima, Nat Hall


by Sadaf Fatima

Overwhelmed by emotion,
You become Pyramus and Thisbe.
Where emotion comforts,
It also destroys.
Where you see the beam of hope,
Dark clouds also gather.
The longing does not go,
It stays in the soul,
Cracking it every second,
Hurting you all the time.
Yet what is life without emotion,
What is it without your soul longing?

the well

by Nat Hall

from the divine,
son of adam,
daughter of eve, fruit of apples, starts with a h-

>>>>>h for Hermes,

e for ego, experiment extraordinaire,
r for rondo written in haste when all is dark,
m as mountain metamorphosis to winged child,
a for amour, for whom a nymph fired passion inside the well,
p as prayer to be united forever, the peculiar duality,
h for hailingheal me, baby” in a halo,
>>>>r for result or redemption,
>>>>>>>>o shaped their lips like an omen,
>>>>>>>>>>>>d for derelict womb-mama-man
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>i incarnates
>>>>>>>>>>>>their raison d’être,
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>u for uniformed by great gods,
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>s for no one but Salmacis.

© Nat Hall 2013



One Response to “‘Cry Mercy and Gentleness’ Cry 4/5: Transformations Poems (Book 4)”

  1. frenzyofflies July 3, 2013 at 8:52 am #

    “Where you see the beam of hope, dark clouds also gather”… this resonates beautifully. And I love acrostics, so I particularly enjoyed the one here. These are both great!

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