The abyss, or: Essence

Poetry Partners #65

A poem by Vedran Markovic of ‘Frog Machinery’

Falling falling falling,
Can't stop falling.
You see the stars,
They slowly fade.
You see the clouds,
They dissipate.
You fall through the sky,
The blue fades away.
You hit the ground,
Don't stop now.
Break through ground,
Flying by the roots.
Begin to see heat,
But no fire at your feet.
You gaze upon the devil,
It's still not your level.
You keep falling,
Into the abyss.
Falling falling falling,
Never stop falling.

A limerick by ben Alexander of ‘The Skeptic’s Kaddish’

A lofty dreamer, letting go of pretense,
realized all his friends thought him dense.
Put under by his shrink,
he let his defenses sink,
plunging through dense nonsense to essence.

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

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25 thoughts on “The abyss, or: Essence”

  1. Oh nice contrast. It turns it into something with a bit of light at the end of the tunnel.
    I wrote that when I was in my early 20s quite some time ago at a darker time, and your poem is like a continuation or ending to that time of constant ‘falling’.

    Nowadays I’m busy climbing climbing climbing.

    Thanks for featuring David!


  2. Vedran has created not just the idea of falling, but the energy of falling, with an unexpected ending. Your insightful response feels like a melting. A great pairing!

          1. Wow David
            What a mind-blowing comeback

            So accurately poryrayed, I felt Vedran’s descent as myself over a number of days.

            Deeply felt collaboration.

  3. Vedran’s poem holds so much tension! Your limerick is a serious one (which I like better than most Limericks making me reconsider writing them)!

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