Monday, April 6, 2020


NapoWriPo PROMPT: Write a poem from the point of view of one person/animal/thing from Hieronymous Bosch’s famous (and famously bizarre) triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights.


Here is Charon. With his oar 
He rows across the River Styx. 
Ferrying dead from life to death, 
When we will meet we can’t predict. 

M's are written on our palms. 
They signify “Memento Mori.” 
To remind each living soul 
“Don't forget we all must die.” 

But also note the giant key. 
What’s ours to have is ours to give. 
Enjoy the Now.  Love and Share.
“Memento Vivere.” Remember—Live.


shadowprancer said...

A great response to an evocative and frightening image. Live indeed!

Linda Sue said...

Bosch is such an emo punk! I am impressed that you could make something so lovely out of his work. Right, live until you don't ,pretty much, everyone who gets born dies, so make the most out of this little blip called LIFE. I love your brain and how it puts things together, Ms. Leenie!

Elizabeth Boquet said...

Perfect. Seriously.