Sunday, February 5, 2012

HOLDING HIS DREAM


he didn't see the days of freedom
only imprisonment for subversive political activities
troubled by critics
disappointed in love
always holding that Bolshevik dream

from the vantage point of Novodevichy Cemetery
he reached out for himself
beyond his rose covered bed
with two hands of rejection
holding his red dream

indulging in fantasy and suffering
frustrated by thoughtless lies
alienated from soviet reality
Mayakovsky the revolutionary poet shot himself
with his gun holding his dream

17 comments:

anthonynorth said...

Powerful and excellent words for the image.

Laurie Kolp said...

Wayne- I really like this:

he reached out for himself
beyond his rose covered bed
with two hands of rejection
holding his red dream

... and what an unexpected ending!

Brian Miller said...

dang...love the intensity in this...ugh...i think poets run a great risk as we expose ourselves raw often to capture the emotion...and for some it is too much...

Tess Kincaid said...

Powerful...I love "holding his red dream"...nice write Wayne...

Claudia said...

wow...love that you bring that bolshevik dream in...and..the revolutionary poet shot himself
with his gun holding his dream...tight and powerfully written

Sue said...

holding his red dream.

Pow.

=)

Stafford Ray said...

Yes Wayne, I guess the more committed we are to a dream the more unbearable it is to wake up!

Suz said...

quite nice
and textured
red...why yes

izzy said...

I especially like the first verse!
Thanks for visiting.

Tumblewords: said...

Powerful and beautiful.

Lady In Read said...

with two hands of rejection
holding his red dream..

and

with his gun holding his dream...

my fav lines.... thank you

rel said...

This reminded me of a visit I had with our Russian exchange student.
rel

jabblog said...

What a tumultuous life he led. I like your interpretation of him and ofyskthe prompt. I didn't know anything of Mayakovsky so thank you for making me go and find out about him.

Other Mary said...

Yes, powerful write. I have to agree with Stafford. I'm glad I read this.

Helen said...

Rejection is hard to face ... you wrote about it so well.

Dave King said...

This is excellent verse. Real life fantasy!

Helena said...

Hard raw reality indeed - uniquely constructed.