The Chef

For Skylover’s Word List. A word list for thinking persons. I wrote poems about Dorian Grey and his life and times for my PhD in Fine Arts. This is an old old poem re-written using words from the Word List. And this one is for Shay who loves my poems about Dorian Grey. The List For December: And for the prompt at dVerse Poet’s Pub. I am not sure if it is an “apostrophe”.

The Chef
“A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it.” Rabindranath Tagore

Dorian Grey watched the sun
sinking below the horizon,
lambent, flickering out of sight.
chained stars gave the illusion of light
and false camaraderie.
He took the needle filled with
heroin and injected it into his veins.
Beside the trash cans outside the restaurant
he looked again at the stars,
with no curiosity.
in this life he was a chef.
he wore the illusion like a tatty robe
and soon, in the dawn
he would strip it from himself.
indecision – should he hang himself
at dawn or continue to live?
he pulled the needle from his arm.
no. he would continue to live
cursed with eternal life.
he didn’t need to die.
he only needed to look at his portrait.
the chained stars needed to be set free –
he didn’t think he had the strength.
he went back inside to finish the night shift.

15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Dec 05, 2019 @ 15:27:24

    I’m not sure it’s an apostrophe but it’s a wonderful description of Dorian Grey as this undead person… sometimes I see him a little bit like one of the person’s in from the Vampire’s diary


  2. msjadeli
    Dec 05, 2019 @ 15:58:39

    I love the Tagore opening quote. Your poem is a perfect reflection of it. A mind trapped within itself is dead to life. What a waste. I hope he learns how to unchain the stars.


    • kanzensakura
      Dec 05, 2019 @ 16:30:34

      I am always pleased when I find a quote that fits my poem. I feel like I have hit the jackpot. I told Kim once that I didn’t find the quote and write the poem to it, that I look for the quote after I write the poem. Being trapped in one’s mind is terrible. LOL. What do I know of apostrophes? Nuttin’ honey. Sometimes these MTB prompts are too too.

      Sent from Mail for Windows 10


  3. sarahsouthwest
    Dec 05, 2019 @ 16:07:58

    That last line is just perfect. It brings it all together.


  4. Glenn A. Buttkus
    Dec 05, 2019 @ 17:45:54

    The quote is bang on, loved it. Your poem is so well done, I applaud it. All you had to do was have Dorian have a conversation with his portrait.


    • kanzensakura
      Dec 05, 2019 @ 17:54:19

      I thought about that after I had posted the poem. In the original, I didn’t have him having a conversation with the portrait but I did in another one. Food for thought.

      Sent from Mail for Windows 10


  5. Sherry Marr
    Dec 05, 2019 @ 21:42:32

    Wow, Toni, what a fantastic poem, the words from the list used seamlessly. Well done.


  6. Kerry
    Dec 06, 2019 @ 02:49:24

    What I like about your telling of the tale is how you have brought Dorian Gray into the 21st century, provided a new ending, so to speak, in which he is still out there living through the hell of forever.
    Thank you for including words from my Skylover Wordlist.


  7. Frank Hubeny
    Dec 06, 2019 @ 08:40:57

    Nice description with those chained stars.


  8. rothpoetry
    Dec 06, 2019 @ 08:56:34

    A dark and interesting poem of living Hell in every sense of the word!


  9. memadtwo
    Dec 06, 2019 @ 09:56:29

    The last 4 lines stand on their own as a world inhabited by far too many. (K)


  10. Sascha Darlington
    Dec 09, 2019 @ 17:24:36

    Gritty and detailed. Excellent.


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