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Eternal Sleep in Peat

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Eternal Sleep in Peat

Eternal Sleep in Peat

At least a thousand years
since he lost hope
His features spoke, not of
the strangling rope
that robbed his breath,
but of a sleep, as deep as death
And peat preserved
is evidence, far sharper 
than a photograph,
not yet invented,
his face, the same as one
who rested on his desk 
to pause,
and not the drama, of
a flight for life,
(for crime or sacrifice,)
that brought him ,
an endless sleep 
in peat

Suzanne Delaney


This poem is based on an image from real life that affected me profoundly.
When I was in Dublin a few years ago I saw a 1000 year old man
in a  glass case Museum Display whose body had been dumped in a peat bog with a rope around his neck. Some say a sacrifice or an execution.  I was amazed
to see the features were just like any 50 year old male you would see today.  Most of the likenessesof people before photography was invented, were painted or sculpted images
and although I wouldn't doubt an artist's eye, I was never sure they could capture the real image  of what people looked like back then.   

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  1. Date: 8/29/2013 2:29:00 AM

    Very creative, cool, creepy and some other c words.. clever! I have always been fascinated by the peat bog mummies. I think that's where the boogie man comes from... 'Boggy' man..

  1. Date: 8/16/2013 7:32:00 AM

    congrats on your win xx

  1. Date: 8/13/2013 3:18:00 PM

    Not surprised that this gem is on the winner's list Suz...Congratulations my friend! - Tim

  1. Date: 8/13/2013 1:44:00 PM

    superb poem Suz congrats on win Shadow x smiles

  1. Date: 8/13/2013 9:41:00 AM

    Suzanne its a great poem. congrats on a great win.(:c Jenish

  1. Date: 8/11/2013 3:27:00 PM

    great poem and i appreciate your explanation - very interesting! congrats!

  1. Date: 8/11/2013 2:32:00 PM

    Hello Suz, a mighty fine win ..... congratulations Love ~SKAT~

  1. Date: 8/11/2013 9:42:00 AM

    WOW... you have painted a very stunning portrait of your experience. This is the kind of poem that makes me gasp. Thank you for including the inspiration. Congratulations on your fine win .. :)

  1. Date: 8/11/2013 6:14:00 AM

    Good morning Suz, CONGRATULATIONS :-) . thank you for the lovely entry.:-) When you have time enjoy the winners and my sweet blog * Called "The Liberty Bell" http://www.poetrysoup.com/poetry_blogs/blog_detail.aspx?BlogID=15780&PoetID=18720 Have yourself a nice and beautiful Sunday... PS... stop by my newest poem if you like. "Summer Rain" http://www.poetrysoup.com/poems_poets/poem_detail.aspx?ID=498166 XOX-love Linda

  1. Date: 8/4/2013 5:32:00 PM

    Kudos on this one Suz.Your pen sings to me.

  1. Date: 8/4/2013 5:07:00 PM

    Interesting footnote. Amazing what they could do back in those days. Loved your writing. Thanks for sharing!...Milt

  1. Date: 8/2/2013 5:28:00 PM

    Thanks to all my dear poet friends that commented. It makes my day to have you visit and give me your thoughts. You are all amazing poets and I love reading all your poems. Imagination is a gift we all share. I will be visiting your pages on Sunday as I have weekend guests so you know how that goes. back with you soon. Hugs, SuZ

  1. Date: 8/2/2013 11:49:00 AM

    Suz, this is amazing. Isn't it also amazing the inspiration that something that real, yet unreal, creates. I'm sure it's been in your dreams too!

  1. Date: 8/2/2013 10:39:00 AM

    Like Andrea stated, the footnote helped me understand a bit more of the full message here. This was very hard hitting. Excellent job!

  1. Date: 8/2/2013 3:32:00 AM

    Amazing story, amazing write Suz...This kind of thing totally fascinates me...I would love to be able to time travel and see a real live cro magnon or back further and see a live T Rex in action (At a safe distance, of course) I'm a bit leery of science tinkering with nature but it would be interesting to see if they can clone this Wooly Mammoth they have found - Tim

  1. Date: 8/2/2013 1:34:00 AM

    This was really something , Suz and the footnote added to its interest. Great job.