He turned a pirouette
Body followed sacrament                       Meant to collapse inward,                              A surrendered star                                          To warring world wonder            Thunderous song                             Prolonging his deathly                         dance.

©2011, Amaya Engleking

Image Credit: Cody Hooper



  1. samantha lucero · January 11, 2017

    “a thunderous song” ❤

  2. Tiffany · January 11, 2017

    Music to my Kali ears 🙂

  3. El Coleccionista Hipnótico · January 12, 2017

    Beautiful, he turned a pirouette… a surrendered star, a thounderous song prolonging his deathly dance…there’s beauty in every metaphor here and a captivating rhythm, your words like instruments playing a song of deathly dance

    • Gospel Isosceles · January 12, 2017

      Gracias, Coleccionista! I was wondering if you might look at a poem I translated into Spanish, since you are adept at translating poetry – no faint-hearted task! I tried to keep the hip-hop/freestyle flow feeling of the piece, but I’d really appreciate a native poet’s perspective on if it works and any changes to improve it. I would be so grateful! And of course thank you for your dear compliment on ‘Shiva.’

      • El Coleccionista Hipnótico · January 12, 2017

        Oh I didn’t realize you had translated such a poem into Spanish! I’m grateful that you did and I’m going to read it now and tell you about my impressions. Thanks a lot!

  4. Oloriel · January 13, 2017

    I love the mixture of words and the image, it feels like they both nip at each other. The line breaks also make me think of a song, or a symphony, that loops over and over again but with huge breaks, so you will basically have to go about your day and at a certain hour or minute, stop, and hear the next part of the song.

    • Gospel Isosceles · January 26, 2017

      Good dance in your mind. Shiva at play, haha. I think the poem was structured differently on the Reader than the actual site. Thank you for reading and for your comment.

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