What Happens Here

i dreamt that i died
and in the afterlife, surrounded by huge grey stone
walls
[the ones that couldn’t quite block out the
brilliant, blinding Dali desert beyond],
in a courtyard that seemed both tiny and cavernous,
i asked the first person i met:
“what happens here, when you die?”
– because death seemed inevitable here, too –
“where do you go when you die in the afterlife?”
he, towering over me (and yet at eye level), very matter-of-factly replied
“you cease to exist.”
he walked – faded – away,
and i stood, frozen, afraid to move,
afraid to die.
but wouldn’t it make more sense, i thought,
if we went right back to living if we died here,
in the afterlife?
i concluded that he must be wrong.
yet,
“you cease to exist” echoed in that desert,
as something in the distance turned to look at me.

Painting: Mirage by Salvador Dali

13 Comments

  1. A very well written and captivating tribute of the great Salvador Dali.

    He was such an influence.

    What made you want to write about him? If you don’t mind me asking.

    Hello! my name is Charlie Zero…it’s a pleasure to make your acquaintance.

    How long have you been writing poetry?

    1. Thank you!
      The background to this piece isn’t terribly exciting I’m afraid – it’s truly based on a dream =) Though possibly because his own work feels so dream-like and meditative.

      Thank you for reading! I’ve been writing since I was a wee lass, but only posting it to the interwebs for about 5 years. How bout yourself?

      1. Dreams are the most haunting places that our minds possess. It’s eerie, unknown, and yet we most write about it to bring forth on paper. I’m so proud of you and really happy and excited that I followed your page. I look forward to reading more of your work. Don’t forget to follow my page.

        Amazing…well, you have a talent and a gift and so I’m going to be reading more of your poetry. :)

        I’ve been writing poetry for 16 years now. And posting blogs? since 2014. :)

      2. Thank you very much! And yes, sir! (Or ma’am, it’s hard to tell gender over the interwebs, and you do have an androgynous name!)

        Wow, 16 years… I best keep pressing on and maybe catch up one day!

      3. You very welcome. :)

        What??? really??? Charlie Zero is androgynous?? That’s a first. hahaha!!! I’m not offended, just surprised and awesome!

        All I can tell you is that people say I kind of look like Trent Reznor of ‘Nine Inch Nails’.
        I have YouTube videos to prove it.

      4. You should read your work. It is interesting and believe me…people will listen.

        I think of open mic like this.

        When your on stage it is you who owns it and express herself in anyway. You carry the light and you shine your words to an audience. That’s how I see it…maybe you see it differently.

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