Revolution NOW [15]: The Lure of Love

The Lure of Love
after the painting, The Snake Charmer, Henri Rousseau, 1907

June nights late I am transported
To a moist and primitive land
And in its jungle confronted
By strange tethering.

I am mute and robbed of my voice,
I wonder what it would be like
To come back again in another life
To learn a new language. 

Our love that was the pearl cocooned
I fear is like the promise cracked
From which the butterfly goes,
Too delicate, too short lived.

The child is aborted,
The insect screaming,
The bird caged.

Under glass I am drowning.
The mind is decayed.
I am searching and swayed.

It is no good that I am held by you.
I long to open wings
Soaring far above, away!
It is that I must know
The piercing wind –
The pang of missing you
The price of freedom
That might strike me dead.

In the painting she stands –
Despite her breasts masculine,
Playing flute and charming snakes
From the undergrowth, wearing a hood,
Immersed in shadow, perhaps after all
A snake woman herself.

Here the trees are dark green and black.
Wild roses have returned wheels in time.
Beads of rains cling to grasses.
I am empty until you fill me whole as a moon.
Your warmth is in the pink of the setting sun.
Dark land this is and my heart a leaf.

Revolution NOW: The Lure of Love by Orla Fay |

The Snake Charmer by Henri Rousseau. Image:

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About Author

Orla Fay

Orla Fay is the editor of Boyne Berries magazine and the secretary of Boyne Writers Group from Trim, Co. Meath. Her poetry has appeared in Abridged, Boyne Berries, Crannog, The Stony Thursday Book, The SHOp, North West Words, Shot Glass Journal, The Linnet's Wings, Orbis, Carillon and Silver Blade Magazine, among others. Her poem 'Look Back in Wonder' has been submitted by Crannog Magazine for consideration in the Forward Prize 2016. She keeps a blog at

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