The Surreal Marriage in Hell #art #poetry #horror

 

 

Hell Bosch

I was married in hell

to the man who rolled dice

who dependent on the number

slept with women “oh how nice”

*

Their bodies were the cure

for misogynism so it seems

he loved to dissect them

carry parts off in his dreams

*

turn the crank

do my bidding

you there woman

naked only, where you’re sitting

*

a tree branch is as successful

at eating sweet cake

but where I come from in Kansas

what you’re doing is rape

*

” there is consolation in this”

things seems to be warming

I stand off and I smile

but you’re heedless to the warning

*

I’m looking askance

as you devour that body

you will choke on her flesh

your face reflects haughty

*

cockroaches seem not to mind

when a pit is ahead

warm places to breed

in the bodies of the dead

~mdw

Are you familiar with the artist Hieronymous Bosch? It’s been a long while since I looked deep into his paintings.

I have to admit I was always uncertain about his message. I do know that he painted many pictures of Hell.

Different art historians looked at his work and message quite differently: from nightmarish dreams, to the inventor of monsters, to a Dutch painter who painted from the medieval  notions contrasting good and evil.

I believe Bosch was a solitary figure only 7 paintings bear the signature of the artist. There are more in his style that are attributed to the artist, but there is a belief that there are more works that he is not given credit for.  His late 15th century art conveys  an early sense of the surreal much like that of Salvador Dali who would paint unforgettable (but still hard to understand) images 400 years later.

I hope that Bosch leaves you a bit uncomfortable. I believe that was his intention.

Nightmarish dreams works for me…

gerard-david-01

This painting is by Dutch painter Gerard David a contemporary of Bosch. The paintings of the day were flat nativity scenes and portraiture.

Bosch was definitely ahead of his time and maybe uncomfortable with his artist genius.

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