"Karabasan" (Mare): Exhibition 9

By wackywriter | Poetry Patrol | 16 Aug 2021

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To continue this week's exhibitions, we have another powerful poem created by a little known artist who uses Instagram to share some moving verse; beautiful and outrageously sad at times.

Gripped tightly to the

Plunging cast iron dome;

The bell rung by Azrael

Brings me closer home.


With each poem written

And dispelled to the shelf.

I discover the value

Of my eroding self.


What is precious was now

Gone. The livèd struggle

With forlorn Hope demands

Yet another rebuttal.


Do I have one...

This is one of the poets more structured pieces, making use of both technical and figurative devices. Clearly the reference to Karabasan, a nightmare, is to set the tone which is well matched throughout. The attention to rhyme scheme is just brilliant however through the artistic flair it is hard to grasp the physical meaning. Luckily, we can hear from the speaker themselves.

The title of the poem was written retrospectively and is based on the reasoning for this poem: a codeine-induced nightmare; beneficial for its vivid lucidity but terrifying to endure. The Karabasan is an attack by the evil spirit, Basty, of Turkish folklore. This goblin quite literally crushes the soul of a sleeper's chest, impeding the soul from traversing into the desired dream state. Rather, the heavy weight leads to breathlessness and causes terror in the dreamer, hence nightmares.

Ultimately, the first stanza seeks to capture the overall dream with the latter stanzas illuminating the therapeutic value of poetry to the author. Each poem exposes a private and closed part of the author, leaving them bare to the world. You are never to take that back. While the mood seems gloomy, in the finality, there is that resilience and push to fight. The rebuttal may not exist now but there is the drive to find it and hope again.

All content in this blog has been used with permission of the artist.


Overall wackywriter rating:


One of the artists most technical pieces, written under the influence.

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