in a tangle of axons thoughts under
take a ramble through jungle dense dendrons
there by the bridge I place a lamp, under
lighting nameless forms like moths in a glare
to be catalogued word for word and under
written in the warm wavy undergrowth

I dispel just enough mystery to under
score a coelacanth as chameleon sideshow
sick with greed a heron’s swollen under
belly ruptures in piscatorial plasma, landing a fish
with doe-eyed cony contours and deep in the under
croft a shy, striped ibis steps out of the underworld

In a quandary with MLM’s ‘double choice’ writing prompt #175 but undertook to use, instead of my collage, only her phantasmal animals image which she made here


30 thoughts on “Underworld

      1. The green is how it was previously. It is pink now but Sam does plan to build a kitchen sofa (are they called that in English? The first image has a kitchen sofa which belonged to the former owners and they took it with them obviously. Ours would be a different style but similar concept a bench with a cushion and storage underneath) and it will have soft green cushions so we do plan on incorporating some green into it.


  1. I have thoroughly enjoyed this poem multiple times now. I find the repetition of “under” (at the end of every other line) to be very effective. I also enjoyed reading about the endangered coelacanth, although I must confess, the striped ibis is my favorite “character” in this piece. The following phrases grab me every go-round: “in a tangle of axons,”
    “jungle dense dendrons,” “chameleon sideshow.”

    Thank you for sharing this piece.


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