NaPoWriMo Day #6

Bosch - The Garden of Earthly Delights

Monday, April 6, 2020/Categories: Entries

NaPoWriMo Day #6

Poetry Day #6

Today we were challenged to take on the point of view of one person or animal in a triptych by Hieronymus Bosch – to take a look at this piece of art – rather 3 pieces go to this link

I have stared at it more than once so far today, and it literally makes me tired there is so much going on. All in a fabulous way! I had to just go with the first thing that grabbed my attention – well two things really – I think a person could write a thousand poems just by looking at these three panels.


A Haiku for Bosch

All alone but swarmed

Garden of Earthly Delights

Naked with a duck


Bosch’s Wood Duck


I am but a solitary wood duck

Feeding grapes to a naked man

I feel small yet in charge

Of these humans that wander in a trance

Participating in some kind of

Other worldly orgy


As the animals we are both slave and amusement

To them even in their diminutive size

And seemingly diminished capacity

I watch with wonder as a woman inserts

A fragrant bouquet into a rectal vase

And he relishes becoming the repository


I am but a solitary wood duck

These images will haunt me for

The rest of my life

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