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Body Without Soul

by The Walrus 

Posted: 01 December 2003
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Composed and sleek,
the veneer masks
the insatiable
predator beneath.

Body with lucid, instant recall,
unacquainted with limitation,
exquisitely honed in imagination,
living for days
of unfettered forays
into immediacy
carefree, and,
oh, so easy.

Give a bit,
take a bit,
bite-size highs,
never the whole
untouched and unscathed.
uncovered, but not bared.
unrobed, but not exposed.

The epitome of simplicity,
until, the eye’s glint transmutes
irrefutably revealing.

Sound bites may titillate
but they no longer satisfy -
craving, the whole,
or nothing at all.
leaving no cell unfilled
no barricade unfelled
it surges unbidden
stripping until

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Fearless at 18:29 on 01 December 2003  Report this post

I like the commentary, documentary style opening to this, although it doesn't quite remind me of the nature programme 'Survival' from the 1970s. Raises a question though - if it's so easy, perhaps too easy, then one is liable to get bored, are they not? Then what to do?

Excellent piece of work; write on.


The Walrus at 19:57 on 01 December 2003  Report this post

If it "doesn't quite remind [you] of the nature programme 'Survival'", what does it remind you of, if anything?

The question you raise, however, is a legitimate one.

Thank you for your comments.

The Walrus

Bobo at 11:26 on 02 December 2003  Report this post
A riveting piece Walrus. There is such a tension throughout this - I actually found myself hunching-up in reaction to it. It reads, to me, like a battle with addiction, though I'm not sure this ties-in with what you were thinking / feeling when you wrote it. Superb, as always.

BoBo x

The Walrus at 12:11 on 02 December 2003  Report this post
Thanks for your feedback Bobo and particularly your interpretation. Yes, I guess it does smack of addiction. In the wider context it is a take on lust versus love.

The Walrus

roovacrag at 11:39 on 06 December 2003  Report this post
Sometimes we only get the bite size, never the whole. Well written. xx Alice

Lawrenco at 19:25 on 26 April 2004  Report this post
Christina this is a wonderful piece.
It has all the rebelious halmarks,so well expressed in imagination,and underlying passion.
Theres is so much in this poem that you could transfer it into many Haiku,or short poems!
Although I am glad you didn`t.
You seem to have too much respect for your audience!
Political;your anger at sound bites.
Control;knowing whats happening and enjoying this simple,private eminents of your imagination.
Passion;Craving the whole,or nothing at all.I don`t know if this is your intention but that is what I got from it.
It is also a positive ,you can`t be lonely in this landscape.

The Walrus at 21:51 on 26 April 2004  Report this post

What wonderful comments! 'rebelious halmarks' absolutely! Your take on it was perfect.

I am very glad you liked it. Bless you. Indebted.


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