‘Heralding Battle and Blood’ Slash 4/4: Transformations Poems (Book 5)

6 Aug


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 5


Nell Perry and Karin Heyer



.Dew Point

by Nell Perry


Dew Point  2 by Nell Perry



Human Destructiveness, Now and Then

by Karin Heyer


Loaded gun held up high

towards a bound man at a simple pole


fearful fire riddles the still air and his body.

A musician sings near the corner of a street,

He was made for times of peace.

He stood without guilt at the furious waters of war:

A cruel sword pierced his temple.

The ground was warm and sodden with blood; brutal, gruesome, flaying spears,

strike full in the face,

two comrades fell beside each other dying.

Fatal wounds harm hundreds of men,

men made to fight trampling over

heaps of withering men.


What mad impulse drives man

to this criminal act of war?

Untold suffering hits the common, bound man.

It is said, obedience to an order from above

lifts the burden of murder and accountability

for deeds evil.

-so they say-

Oh no, you cannot disown responsibility

for deeds done,

inhumanity towards another human

freezes the heart into stone,

you remain a killer for all time.



You can find out more about Nell here: 

Nell Perry



http://www.zonepoetrymagazine.com/>>See sidebar for more details.


Karin Heyer, as yet, does not have a website. 




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