I was married in hell
to the man who rolled dice
who dependent on the number
slept with women “oh how nice”
Their bodies were the cure
for misogynism so it seems
he loved to dissect them
carry parts off in his dreams
turn the crank
do my bidding
you there woman
naked only, where you’re sitting
a tree branch is as successful
at eating sweet cake
but where I come from in Kansas
what you’re doing is rape
” there is consolation in this”
things seems to be warming
I stand off and I smile
but you’re heedless to the warning
I’m looking askance
as you devour that body
you will choke on her flesh
your face reflects haughty
cockroaches seem not to mind
when a pit is ahead
warm places to breed
in the bodies of the dead
Are you familiar with the artist Hieronymous Bosch? It’s been a long while since I looked deep into his paintings.
I have to admit I was always uncertain about his message. I do know that he painted many pictures of Hell.
Different art historians looked at his work and message quite differently: from nightmarish dreams, to the inventor of monsters, to a Dutch painter who painted from the medieval notions contrasting good and evil.
I believe Bosch was a solitary figure only 7 paintings bear the signature of the artist. There are more in his style that are attributed to the artist, but there is a belief that there are more works that he is not given credit for. His late 15th century art conveys an early sense of the surreal much like that of Salvador Dali who would paint unforgettable (but still hard to understand) images 400 years later.
I hope that Bosch leaves you a bit uncomfortable. I believe that was his intention.
Nightmarish dreams works for me…
This painting is by Dutch painter Gerard David a contemporary of Bosch. The paintings of the day were flat nativity scenes and portraiture.
Bosch was definitely ahead of his time and maybe uncomfortable with his artist genius.
Please join me next week as I’ll spend the week creating a mosaic of dark art and contemporary horror writing. Tis the season …