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Gilles de Rais

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lotharingia
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Smiling he listens
to the hum
of caged souls
breathing
the secrets
of hell
into life

© Copyright 2000 uta waller - All Rights Reserved
kynder
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1 posted 06-06-2000 02:09 PM       View Profile for kynder   Email kynder   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for kynder

you motivate me to be a more efficient poet
less words more meaning


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2 posted 06-06-2000 03:35 PM       View Profile for Portia   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Portia

This reminds me that in college, two of my professors (Bible and Modern Poetry) stated in class that the word "inspire" literally means "breath of God." Yet here, you give a perfectly valid new definition to the word: "breath of hell." "Breathing / the secrets / of hell / into life" is a great line, it implies a lot (I don't want to take liberties with your meaning, though). Does it mean the secrets of hell are being used to create new life, or is it that the secrets are merely becoming known to the living? There is a great deal here. Excellent.
lotharingia
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3 posted 06-07-2000 04:18 AM       View Profile for lotharingia   Email lotharingia   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit lotharingia's Home Page   View IP for lotharingia

Thanks Kynder!

Portia,
you got my meaning exactly!
This poem is about Gilles de Rais (or Bluebeard)(1404-40), perhaps you know of him. He was a great friend of Joan of Arc (!), and a heinous satanist, who was finally put to death, accused of the torture and murder of more than 140 children.
The atmosphere I wanted to conjure up in this poem is one of an immensely evil man who has summoned up the spirits of those condemened to burn in hell so that they can reveal to him the secrets of the netherworld. This could imply both of your meanings, as the secrets of hell may include the summoning of familiars, or the creation of similar diabolic creatures.
Not that we need hell for that though!
I'm glad you enjoyed it!



 Uta Lotharingia
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Joel the wolf
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4 posted 06-12-2000 03:03 AM       View Profile for Joel the wolf   Email Joel the wolf   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Joel the wolf's Home Page   View IP for Joel the wolf

God I enjoyed this.
Great.

Joel.

 I howl a mournful song, that echos within my chambered heart, for all to read? nay for all to feel.
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