May Queen

Follow the scent of ritual deeper into obscured places

past the watching eyes of a sacred few

with hands raised to a smiling sky

and eyes that tell of suffering shared by all

All that lies beneath the surface is hidden in plain sight

waiting to be seen by the uninitiated

The woodlands breathe in unison with the lost ones

who search among the brambles for discarded flowers

that bloom in the eyes of the May Queen

her gaze falling with the setting sun

slipping beneath the surface of new horror

even as her hands reach out to embrace it

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This poem was heavily inspired by the film Midsommar (2019). I watched it for the first time yesterday, and can honestly say that I don’t know if any movie has had as much of an effect on me as this one did. There’s probably never been a more beautifully photographed horror film, and that beauty coupled with some of the most viscerally intense scenes I’ve ever seen created an atmosphere that put me in a strange state of mind both during and after watching it. I both wanted and detested the ending that was given to me, and the path that led to it. I’d say it’s a must see, especially if you’re a fan of horror. That being said, I probably won’t be able to bring myself to watch it a second time for years…

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Photo by Unchalee Srirugsar from Pexels

13 thoughts on “May Queen

  1. Really beautiful David! We just added the movie to our Netflix list. My husband and I watched the trailer and it looks very interesting. I always wonder where you get your inspiration. Your work is so descriptive and thought provoking. Certainly understand the title now. Nice! Love Joni

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  2. You should give it a week and watch it again… Each time you watch it you find something new to like… saw it it in theaters and was like what the f…. did I just watch?… was this movie just a mind f…? did I like it or?… rented it on redbox… blew my mind… I like this movie… watched it on Prime… it is quite the amazing movie… needs to be seen more than once…

    Speaking of amazing… great poem… captures the essence of its subject… while being very much its own thing… hope all is well…

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