I Stray Into Strange Spaces

by Saloni Kaul
The Garden of Earthly Delights

Hieronymus Bosch, “The Garden of Earthly Delights” (a fragment, between 1490 and 1500)

It’s All Sailing Over the Top

Occasionally I stray into strange spaces,
Where things already are ongoing in high swing,
Chaotic congregations with withered earnest faces
In pews, all hymn books lined, that with high notes loudly ring.
All is condensed, thematic strands concise,
Like compact format of a sensational local tabloid;
Or flat as tireless tableland measured precise
Like those Australian landscapes of Arthur Boyd.
There hesitantly I take my position circumspect with intelligence
And produce presently a scribble sheet tabular
While the others wallow in sheer self indulgence
To perfection spectacular like an animated warbler.
Emphatically I turn to leave, dismissing the gathering joint.
All else goes over the top to exhaustion point.


Sackcloth Clad

The unmistakably contrite at heart
Commence their long, long stroll of hard penance
And gripping bite indecorous dust on the cart
As they sight their goal in the looming distance.
Away from the ornate, the ornamental solid,
Like one in post-trauma recovery,
They toil unpardonably in circumstances squalid
To unobtrusively cancel their debts, each and every.
There isn’t even a break in this earnest
Exercise of will power and determination,
Not one intermittent smiling session even in jest
On anything to cause that repeat consternation.
I laud them, sages all, for this! It makes sound sense.
Their sackcloth and ash for benedictions to condense.

About the author

Saloni Kaul

Saloni Kaul, author and poet, was first published at the age of ten and has stayed in print since on four continents. As a critic and columnist, Saloni has enjoyed forty-five years of being published. Her first volume, a fifty poem collection, was published in the USA in 2009. Subsequent volumes include Universal One and Essentials All. Saloni Kaul is also an accomplished broadcaster and writer-producer-presenter with innumerable documentaries and features to her credit. Saloni’s poetry has been published in The Horror Zine, Misty Mountain Review, Mad Swirl, The Penwood Review, The Voices Project, Scarlet Leaf Review, Taj Mahal Review, Verbal Art, Ink Sweat And Tears, The Paragon Journal, and more.

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