The labyrinth is safe but endless

You think you stroll
a straightforward path
bits of thread-meaning only
someone has been before
(you) until at dead-center
end and broken
in the circle of dreams
the third fox appears

you begin to imagine
messages, force weary words

O Sly One, what problem
must I solve, task
perform to win
the prize, or
merely live?

 

Title from W. H. Auden’s poem “Casino.”

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13 thoughts on “The labyrinth is safe but endless

  1. Anything inspired by Auden and written by you is bound to be magic! I love the fox and the line “bits of thread-meaning” may be my favourite part, though that last stanza is wonderful, too. You so beautifully convey a complex feeling of weary disillusionment as perceived by someone who is all-knowing -or maybe that’s me layering on my own mood.

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  2. …and broken is Ariadne’s thread. I’ve always liked that line. I love foxes in poems or otherwise, but what is the reference to the third fox? It intrigues me. The more the merrier, obviously, but I’m still curious.

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    1. Yes, that whole Auden poem just grabbed me.
      So, in real life, there was one fox in my dream. Then the next day, I found two foxes, in quick succession, in my Facebook feed. So I got little poetic shivers and began to wonder. (Which of course is not at all clear in the poem, so that gives me something to consider on revision.)

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