Thursday, April 25, 2013

Moved On


When maggots feed on moonflesh
until the moon is gone;
when thorns devour roses,
and all high speech is done;

when devil grass is all that's left
beneath the north rise sun;
there are other worlds than these
old worlds that have moved on.

A Cliffs Notes version of Stephen King's The Gunslinger for Izy's prompt at Real Toads

24 comments:

Marian said...

L.O.V.E.
i'm almost to the end of Wolves of Calla! eeeeeeeeeek!

Marian said...

argh, i meant to also say thankee sai.

Brian Miller said...

nice...read like the first 4 of this series and never picked up another...i had high hopes when it first came out...maybe now that it is well ahead of me i should give it another try...

razzamadazzle said...

This is very intriguing! I love what you've done with the prompt.

Kerry O'Connor said...

How incredibly evocative this poem is - the scene, so fantastical yet familiar. I'm not a King fan, but I do hope to get to this series some day.

Grandmother said...

When maggots feed on moonflesh- now theres an opening line to grab attention.

Susie Clevenger said...

You make me wish I had read the book...perhaps I shall. shall. Beautiful

Kay L. Davies said...

Another not-a-King-fan here, but a devoted fan of the way you put words together, with economy and skill. I am intrigued by "the north rise sun" — not enough to become a King fan, but plenty enough to remain a fan of MZ.
K

Gemma Wiseman said...

The opening line + "when thorns devour roses", are disturbingly brilliant! Not an SK fan, but adore this bristly adaptation of the book's spirit!

Margaret said...

Have never really picked up Stephen King as I associate him with "horror" which I don't care for. But I googled him and he might be more than that... Will have to look into it further. As always, you paint a masterpiece with few words...

Emma Major said...

I think king would love this, it's brilliant

aquadragonfruit said...

This makes me very sad. Moving on is so hard, but I guess if older worlds have done it we must also. At some point, all that's left is the maggots. I don't like to envision the moon being destroyed though. If only it could live on in perfection despite all the destruction around it. If the moon is gone, then everything is gone and life isn't worth living.

Another excellent piece, MZ.

Ella said...

King would approve! ;D Love the maggots...love them, lol!
Full Moon tonight

I too adore this line:
"when thorns devour roses"
Brilliance dances in horror!
YOU nailed it~

Fireblossom said...

I like the north rise sun. It only adds to the weird feel of this place you describe.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

"there are other worlds than these....." sigh. I love it.

Helen said...

I believe I may be the only person in the world who has never read a King novel or viewed a King movie ... though I sure did enjoy your poem!!
(north rise sun also caught my eye)

TALON said...

ooooh! What atmosphere you created, Mama Zen! Spine-tingling!

Isadora Gruye said...

I love the dark tower series, but nearly as much as I loved your last lines here:

there are other worlds than these
old worlds that have moved on.

Brilliantly done, MZ!!!!

Susan said...

Though I have only read King's "Dreamcatcher," that is enough to get the feel of this world from your words. I find the last lines chilling, as "moving on" might have taken the plague of rottenness with it.

Loredana Donovan said...

When thorns devour roses ... chilling! You captured King's style well.

Mary said...

This really captures the eeriness (to me) of King's writing. Chills me.

izzy said...

Cool, gunslingers! Need a few of them around especially in sci-fi- circumstances! thanks-

hedgewitch said...

Just like King using Childe Harold for his Dark Tower title, you incorprate the feel of the classics, very Poe-ish, in the meter and rhyme, yet bring your own eye to the worlds within worlds that bubble out of the brain of that master of the mindfuck. King scares me too much to read, so haven't read but a little of that particular reference, but you have the mood of his muse perfectly.

M. J. Joachim said...

Very descriptive and interesting!