“Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you.” — Carl Gustav Jung
All the colors are off — Blue wolves move in an indigo wood Their cobalt backs arrive, arising Like coarse dorsal fins over low-lying orange flora, their beryl heads hung low — every aquiline cerulean nose is angled down — tracing the escape of a flaming hare — their racing red rabbit has evaded them again.
Dreams leave all our long nights’ inner canvases in singular tints and incongruous strange iridescence. Reason, here, is pariah. Senses are its surrogates. Vision its impostor in the illogic’s ether:
Slow stars arc in scarlet. Racing sable comets make black wakes against blinding white night. A full moon rises in violet — the fat and full and low-lying fruit of a dark and overripe plum.
Yellow bucks bounce high and away in the wolves’ wake — sun-colored stags beat bright retreat a running herd of burning gold — all sunlit sinewed limbs and flashing hooves.
Flurries of green quail flutter, flushed from fushia grasses — alate bladed emeralds, blazing away. The verdant birds burnish silhouettes — angles on lunar lavender.
But ever all the blue wolves ignore the moon. Each arrows forth in formation ardently advancing — oblivious to bucks and disregarding birds. It’s the hare that they’re after — its crimson prints lure azure noses and bait the ordered forward pace of the great broad and blue padded paws.
In a surprising eloquence, one predator’s head rises and sonorously sounds its disinterest.
“See, then, dreamer, see, “what evades the lucid wit at dawn. “The obvious moon is the obvious girl; “your love is a glaring suggestion — “as bare-faced and as common “as a hundred thousand loves that came before — her face “turning and facing away is as plain “as a routine moonrise, but we, “we are the Jungian Shadow. “And our red hare is your red hare “And hare for one and all.”
The predator’s head is an arrow — its broad blue ears angle back as its blue nose rises and scents. And its voice is song.
“See then, dreamer, see “what confounds the heart at noon. “The stags to which we’re indifferent “Are the heroes of your childhood. “The flight of every bird is your every “moment of loss, but we, “we are the Jungian Shadow. “And our red hare is your red hare “and hare for one and all.”
Then the blue nose dips to sniff the ground again in the predator’s diligence. If this wolf’s tones were physical, they would be blue tears.
“See then, dreamer, see “what escapes the brain at day, see, “Arriving at your reservoir, “that its pedestrian waters “though shallow, still may drown “in existential death, so rather “hunt at its circumference “the red of a Collective hope. “We are the Jungian Shadow. “And our red hare is your red hare “and hare for one and all.”
Finally its eyes soften, running from burning blue cobalt to the warm sky-blue of hopeful new boyhood summers, and yet, its sad irises reflect a distant dancing red: a spinning flame –a prancing hare.
“See, then, dreamer, see “what renders your pain as prosaic — “the racing red flame of the hare. “It might have tempted Ovid once “or pained the painters of caves, “baiting them as their discovered fire “first turned stone to a nocturnal “canvas — the clay “reddened their hands but they “could only glimpse an inner quarry, “as you glimpse it, now, “turning away “from your minutiae.”
“See, then, dreamer, see. “See a universal grief “and a shared catharsis “rendered in red in your sleep: “blood red, the color of prey, “sunset red at end of day, “flame, the color of pain “and, yet, created light.
“See, then, dreamer, see. “Hunt with us and hear our call. “Our red hare is your red hare “and hare for one and all.”
— (c) Eric Robert Nolan 2016
Eric’s debut novel is the postapocalyptic science fiction story, “The
Dogs Don’t Bark In Brooklyn Any More," published by Dagda Publishing in
2013. His poetry and short stories have been featured by Dagda
Publishing, Every Day Poets, Every Day Fiction, Illumen, Under The Bed,
Dead Beats Literary Blog, Microfiction Monday Magazine, Dead Snakes, UFO
Gigolo, Peeking Cat Poetry Magazine, The Bright Light Cafe, Aphelion,
Tales of the Zombie War, The International War Veterans’ Poetry Archive,
and elsewhere. His poems were also included in anthology format in
Dagda Publishing’s “Threads” in September 2013. Eric’s science
fiction/horror short story, “At the End of the World, My Daughter Wept
Metal,” was published in January 2014 in Dagda’s short story anthology,
“All Hail the New Flesh.”