As the gods began one world, and man another,
So the snakccharmer begins a snaky sphere
With moon-eye, mouth-pipe. He pipes. Pipes green. Pipes water.
|Pipes water green until green waters waver
With reedy lengths and necks and undulatings.
And as his notes twine green, the green river
Shapes its images around his songs.
Supports his foot. He pipes a world of snakes,
Is visible. The snake-scales have become
Rules the writhings which make manifest
As out of Eden's navel twist the lines
Consume this piper and he tires of music
To a melting of green water, tiII no snake
"The Snake Charmer" (1907)
It is from Jim's Fine Art Collection
Copyright (c) 1997-1998 L. James Grattan & Associates
From the Comic Operatic Fantasy The Seafarer
But fins and scales
So fables go.
"Battle-Scene From the Comic Operatic Fantasy The
|Two Views of a Cadaver Room
In their jars the snail-nosed babies moon and glow.
In Brueghel's panorama of smoke and slaughter
Yet desolation, stalled in paint, spares the little country
The lower right corner of "The Truimph of Death"
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