Lethargy on the Lethe

Lethargy on the Lethe

A Poem by barleygirl
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pronounced "leethe" . . .

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Lazing along the infernal Lethe
mortal memoirs rage and seethe
hellfire the only air to breathe
with a hint of smoky peach.

An elixir dumbs down my mind
drawn from deep waters that blind
blot out burdens meant to bind
beyond this underworld breach.

Lethe languishes slow and weighty
hammered by the heat of Hades
forgotten are the enticing ladies
nevermore will they beseech.

This river in Hades helps us forget
monsters we wish we’d never met
torpor our only remaining threat
after calming the cerebral screech.

© 2020 barleygirl


Author's Note

barleygirl
Lethe: a river in Hades whose water when drunk made the souls of the dead forget their life on earth.

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The first few lines sparked a little bit of stuffiness and anger in me. But as I read along, the stanzas below slowly relax my nerves... In my monotheistic faith, heaven and hell are strongly connected with one's state of mind... we can create a heaven right here on earth as we are living, or an unbearable hell if we wish so. And my happier friends are those who celebrate and constantly show gratitude for what they have, the unhappier ones are my friends who dwell on and emphasize every hurt and thirst for revenge. I also firmly believe that being rewarded with heaven in the afterlife, part of it is being washed and 'cleansed' from our nightmarish experiences and heart-breaking memories accumulated in our former lives on earth. Otherwise, how will we able to enjoy the everlasting bliss and joy if memories keep coming back to intrude and rekindle our traumas and fears?

"Lazing along' the river also gives me the feeling of being unburdened and relieved of my memories little by little... I think it would be shocking and unnatural if they all disappear at once. I would lose my mind.

"This river in Hades helps us forget
monsters we wish we’d never met"

I like these lines alot. And the image you added just makes me look forward to drift along the hypnotizing river of Lethe.

Thank you for sharing the love.
Never stop writing!

~Aysha.


Posted 1 Week Ago


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barleygirl

1 Week Ago

This review is a true gift & I thank you for all your depth of expression! YAY! Lots of people need .. read more



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I felt like this was related to the fires that are baring down on your state. The feeling of being disconnected from home, in a sense, and needing a way to have a kind of out of body experience waiting for the darkness to pass.

So much at the moment is overwhelming. And it's not just one thing. For years now it seems we have been training for a stress marathon and there is no sign of a finish line. Your poem is so evocative and haunting, Margie. I hope all is well with you there. Or as well as can be expected. This is such a good poem. All the best to you.

Posted 5 Days Ago


Sitting silently to read this work of yours, it made my head to reboot and I automatically started to think about things I hardly Imagine.
Your words here are power and the same time worth keeping in mind.

Wonderfully indited, Margie.

Posted 6 Days Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

6 Days Ago

I almost never ponder life & death. I figure, it'll happen the way it happens. Pondering it is a was.. read more
:)
I don't know why but your description of Lethe sounds so much nicer than Elysium in my head.
Smoky peach? YES. PLEASE.
I'm not afraid of the rest. Not if there's peaches.

Posted 6 Days Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

6 Days Ago

I can't remember where I read it, but an alternative meaning for Lethe was a river of fruity abundan.. read more
yum so many tasty words in this one is a delicious alliterative snack! im thinking you poor river is boiling still i do hope it stops soon:/ perhaps you will get a monsoon! Maybe thats why our memories are so screwed up we must of skinny dipped in the Lethe?

Posted 6 Days Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

6 Days Ago

The Arroyo Seco river is about 2 miles from me & about 4 miles upstream the fire is still messing ar.. read more
I get up in the morning and appreciate all around me
You must be overwhelmed by all the terrible
This poem would never occur to me but I can see why it happened
Your last stanza (?) is very impressive
Never heard of Lethe
Think I'll have to read up

Posted 1 Week Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

6 Days Ago

Staying here as this fire drags on (mandatory evac for 8 days, but I haven't gone) does bring on som.. read more
Dear Margie reading this poem I thought how essential it is to tune out from our surroundings from time to time, especially in times of turmoil. For you as of now, it the fires around you and that must take some big mindshare. Sleep's oblivion is great therefore. I love the reference to Lethe and thanks for the new beautiful mythological river mention and its an exciting concept that you brought to life so amazingly in this lovely rhyming poem. It made this poem all the more special to me.

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

6 Days Ago

I don't sleep very easily or very much, so that's not my oblivion. I love looking out over the wilde.. read more
Many would say this is hell, depending on their perspective, might find the afterlife a welcome reprieve from the monsters they face almost daily. Good stuff, Margie.

Posted 1 Week Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

1 Week Ago

I believe people are worse now than ever, with regards to how many monsters are being carried around.. read more
Ana Papaya

1 Week Ago

I wish that too but there's a heck of a lot of noise
I really want this water. I think there's still hope left, after all. ;)
Wonderful write as always. You never disappoint.

Love,
Fairy.

Posted 1 Week Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

1 Week Ago

Many people, these days, are rehashing everything that ever went wrong, every time something new goe.. read more
Fairy Khurshid Khan

1 Week Ago

Not everyone is as lucky as you are, andm may Gof keep you that way always add nd forever.


Wowzah .... as deep n dark as the fabled river itself .. and as your fan here exhales .. wink wink, you have certainly excelled nudge, nudge .... poetry in slow motion ... I just love it when ya deviate Margie .. n now gotta go and stave off these munchies .... (MYTH)... x

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

1 Week Ago

It's really weird, but being in danger here, shirking this mandatory evacuation notice (I'm still he.. read more
Neville

1 Week Ago


.............. Just you be careful now ya hear (SPARKS) fondly ... Me :)
Powerful, intense and creative. I presume the author has went through hell and high water in life and now in a new stage of purging and cleansing. The river of oblivion is a good title for a book. I like how the author says things as it is without fear or care of those critics. Marvelous Margie.

Posted 1 Week Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

1 Week Ago

I'm noticing that tons of people carry tons of stuff around constantly & it's very tiring to me, whe.. read more
Sami Khalil

1 Week Ago

You are welcome and right.

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