|Snake Charmer by Henri Rousseau|
Lingering into waking
In the bathroom mirror
Things that dawn should have vanquished.
Hidden jungle paths
Snakes and strange birds
Dark figures charming the dreamer
The breath dense
With Ominous portents
Snatches of images beaconing
A return to the dream which will not vanish
Sleep impossible and understanding beyond reach
What the mind asks over coffee
Is the meaning of the charmer?
For more poems inspired by the 1907 image above see Magpie Tales.