Monday, September 19, 2011

Dark Dreams

Snake Charmer by Henri Rousseau

Dark Passages

Mysterious images
Lingering into waking
Demons reflected
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?

Jacqui Binford-Bell
September 2011

For more poems inspired by the 1907 image above see Magpie Tales.


  1. Oh what an image you have created...Sure that sounds like a charmer...
    Nice Magpie:)

  2. I really like "Things that dawn should have vanquished" and the idea this is a dream is clever.

  3. ha very nice...if only waking would leave them there in the dreams rather than follow us into the day....

  4. As I read your Magpie, I too was struck by the same line as Margaret. Wouldn't it be wonderful if dawn could truly erase our dark dreams.

  5. Ooh, "demons reflected in the bathroom mirror" sounds like me most mornings!
    I really like "Sleep impossible and understanding beyond reach", Jacqui.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  6. The lines that Margaret and Kay have quoted are inspired. Great Magpie.

  7. Sleep impossible and understanding beyond reach

    Wonderful description of those nightmare times. Excellent Magpie.♥

  8. The dream-like appearance of the image inspired a beautiful poem. Well done, Jacqui!

  9. "What the mind asks over coffee
    Is the meaning of the charmer?"
    What indeed!
    Probably something you ate.
    Enjoyed this very much.

  10. magical.

    come to poetry picnic if you did not share yet,

    we are open until Thursday evening.


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