[ Le Petit Mort ]

Le Petit Mort

Narrating the intimate and spiritual nature of life and death, joy and heartbreak, Le Petit Mort responds to a quote from the Euripides play Helen: “Oh, as I begin the great lament of my great distress, what mourning shall I strive to utter? or what Muse shall I approach with tears or songs of death or woe?…Sirens, may you come to my mourning with Libyan flute or pipe or lyre, tears to match my plaintive woes.”

There should be
no great lament
fair Helen,
for life comes
from death.
The earth spins,
seasons change.
Love remains.
Close your eyes.
Hold your breath.
See him again
and dance!

Le Petit Mort, ©2010, Jen Payne. Poem and mixed-media assemblage: found objects (robin’s egg, twig), vintage postcard, cardboard box, brass beads, paste paper, handmade paper, napkin cut-out, acrylic paints, rubber stamping.

3 Responses

  1. Tara (Buckley) Googins

    that is absolutely gorgeous – love looking at those colors, the images (does that butterfly pop or what?) and the dear little egg – i love the dancing bird/angel woman, too – great poem, too… it all works!

    thank you so much for sharing this!!!!

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