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One night not long ago I was
reading this book by candle light;
the room a deep sumptuous glow -
Van Gogh would have found it
chraming. Of course it was raining
and the cars were hissing through
the streets like snakes.

The book discribes a prophet
who comes down from a mountain
to teach people about the coming
of a new kind of Superman,
but the people he speaks to
only ridicule and laugh at him.

The author of the book is perhaps
best known for claiming that
"God is dead," but people forgot
that he actually said, "God is dead...
and we killed him."
He wrote that God is like a star
whose light we can see, even though
the star died long ago.

That night I dreamt of rainbow
colored confetti raining down
upon Madagascan funeral poles
scattered in a grove of ancient oak trees
growing beside a silent black river.




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The following comments are for "Thus Spake Zarathustra."
by johnjohndoe

Thus Spake Zarathustra
such a great contemplative poem this. restrained, understated and subtly beautiful. loved the seamlessly sewing together the three realities, present, philosophy, and dream. really, this was great.

( Posted by: AuldMiseryGuts [Member] On: October 22, 2006 )

Thus Spake Zarathustra
though i am a bigger fan of The Birth of Tragedy

quite fantastic

( Posted by: Immaculacy [Member] On: October 23, 2006 )

Zarathustra
And so it seems to me that your dream awoke a sleeping god. I really like this poem. I like your thought that wrought this poem. We are all sleeping gods...(except people who DO something) we try to awake those gods through poetry, don't we? I think we do little, but at least we (who think) do TRY- thanks for this deep thought tonight.
nicely written

blessings-
Elizabeth

( Posted by: emaks [Member] On: October 23, 2006 )

Of Gathatics and Iran in good ole days
soos- Noted for return...

A pleasure.

Few editorial matters..No big deal.

Magic was/is there.

Brought full circle.

Cool.

Bibbing in Babylon,

( Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: October 23, 2006 )

Nice thoughts
A very good theme -- a small story the covers many concepts with just enough detail -- cars hissing like snakes, rainbow colored confetti -- all while thinking about Van Gough, Superman and God.

It covers a lot of "thought" ground.

BW

( Posted by: BWOz [Member] On: October 23, 2006 )

Nice Style
Having read quite a few of your works I have to say how impressed I am with your writing style.You give the reader enough info that they can make up their own picture.Subtle and understated.I like.

Hopefully one day I'll be somewhere in the same ball park.

( Posted by: MattS [Member] On: October 30, 2006 )





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