The title reminds me of Churchill 'once I had a black dog', and this book about depression (it's all pictures, hardly any words, of a black dog and this man who's depressed).
I keep coming back to this and I'm not sure why.
The refrain 'I never dream' speaks to me, somehow. It's powerful and poignant.
Because of the title I read this as being about depression, and I think you nailed that heaviness and hopelessness. The sky losing its stars, the stars being empty- you've taken all these things that are usually used as motifs in love poems or joyful poems about nature and you've made them dark and upsetting. This is an evocative poem- the writing is full of restraint, but it conveys so much. A truly wonderful write.
Very interesting... I don't know if it was meant to mean anything particular, other than just that pulling-empty feeling of laying awake and staring into the night sky through the window when you can't sleep, and all those swirling tired half-thoughts that come...
It has a sensuality to it though, like an eloquent bleak film noir on paper.
Ok so I read your piece as a gesture of interest since you responded to my low form enticement piece.
I do not share your attitude demonstrated towards Life and that what is considered as Holy by me. Whatever you are trying to accomplish does not agree with my appetite for Life.
it's funny, black dog reminds me of two things... led zep and john irving. the song black dog and sorrow the black lab in hotel newhampshire. not that that means anything to you, but these are my initial thoughts.
'Heaven has a fatwa
On my soul'
what a great freaking line.
i also love this -
Till all the naked stars
Lay at my feet
Empty as the sky
sheesh. kind of heavy, that.
i don't know, i suppose i always just dig what you have to say. not much of a meaningful comment, just wanted you to know you are read. (smile).