Thursday, 24 February 2011

Recalled To Life


The constant drip, drip, drip,
slowly dissolved the rock of me.
Diluting my essence homeopathically
until I swam, one part me, a thousand water.

Sweat, saliva, tears, still aware, still me, still there.

Sun, burned light, ferocious and questing,
lit the miasma I had become,
not content with my fluid end, it condensed,
evaporated the amniotic sea,
wanting to understand dissolution
its probing light sought what was left,
when shape and structure were removed.

Would the I of my identity survive intact?

The water vapour of me rose in the heat,
steaming spirals, swirling ever upward
dross gone, I had been reduced
to the very nugget of me,
distilled and potent.

Recalled to life.

Written for the prompt Recalled to Life
Linked to One Shot Wednesday and The Poetry Pantry

Solutio is the second order of alchemical practices. It is considered one of the major procedures in alchemy. Having to do with water and with its purifying and dissolving properties, solutio is the process by which the prima material or matter is returned to its most basic, undifferentiated state. . . read more -

Image and Words - Susannah Bec


Ella said...

Wow, loved it~Such wonderful imagery~
Well Done! xXx

Brian Miller said...

wow. a very transformational verse...reduced to pure essence i wonder what would we be...

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Wowzers! This is really deep. "what was left when shape and structure were removed" - so powerful - I love "I had been reduced to the very nugget of me, distilled and potent." Fantastic, Susannah!

Deborah said...

Oooh absolutely brilliant, wonderfully written.

Shashi said...

Dear Susannah

I great verse.. It was very evocative... I enjoyed your thoughts and imagery..

ॐ नमः शिवाय
Om Namah Shivaya
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Old Ollie said...

Yes - we are indeed called to live.

great piece

Mary said...

Susannah, what a fascinating, beautiful and unique response! Wonderful images.

Mama Zen said...

Oh, wow. This is a really great write.

hpicasso said...

I really enjoyed the flow of the first stanza...being a fan of compression, this ended witha wonderful, dare I say...solution

Peace, hp

Kerry O'Connor said...

Out of this world! So many layers of meaning - so much offered to the inner eye of the reader. Potent, transcending poetry.

flaubert said...

Susannah, a brilliant piece of writing. The transformation well


Ella said...

I wanted to say the idea of distilling one's self was brilliant.
All we go through, reduces us to a certain persona sometimes, but always with the potential to grow with a fresh view~

Marian said...

yes, very interesting and heady to read, even while smoothly sliding around. the very essence. huh.

Kim Nelson said...

Great poetic descriptors and scientific references artfully woven together.

Eileen T O'Neill ..... said...

A great degree of mystery attached to these words. A form of concoction.........
Very different and very nice.

Best wishes, Eileen

signed...bkm said...

I love the transformational piece Susannah....and it completes the transformation so brillantly...very nice...bkm

Susannah said...

Thanks everyone for taking the time to read and leave such great comments. It is much appreciated. ;-)

Susannah x

Anonymous said...

amazing use of alchemy. the distillation of self. the idea of transformation is one that continually pushes me. know what that would look like, the essential nugget of oneself...
thank you for sharing your link. (apologies for the long delay)
loved this.

Susannah said...

Thanks for popping in, it is good to see you. x

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