• The Birth of Allegory

    by Lawrence Haggquist

    Personification
    is simple, as long as you
    let her do some yoga breathing,
    making certain she alternates nostrils
    to balance the yin and yang of your verse.
    Once you set her to practice,
    your synecdochic neurons
    should keep
    in mind
    the tantric
    meter
    of her breathing,
    while your pungi-pen
    charms poetic words
    from their basket of
    otherwise obscurity –
    to hang them,
    for a moment,
    on display
    in a
    strangely
    hypnotic,
    undulatory
    sway – their
    serpentine
    scales
    reflecting light
    from a full moon
    that gleams
    down
    from
    black
    night –
    the white
    eye of the
    Taiji –
    the only symbolic hope
    you see left in the dark
    realm of the literal.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on July 2, 2013

    Topics: Young Writers' Corner

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