BY JAN HAAG

POETRY + ESSAYS + MUSIC + TRAVEL + FICTION + TEXTILE ART

INTRODUCTION + HAAG'S BIO





FROM THE JOCASTA POEMS

#16 -- DEATH





"Today Oedipus blinded himself, and is preparing
to wander off as a pilgrim. He likes to suffer;

drama was lacking in his life. He'd become a house-husband
and father, a little plump around the middle.
He wasn't about to let the drought be caused by nature.
Teiresias predicted twenty happy years.
The children are grown. I'm weary of humans'

needs, men's drama. Life is so simple, so beautiful.
But Oedipus, as so many men, is addicted to anguish,

addicted to creating problems out of the nature of things.
So be it. I have had more than I ever dreamed.
Surely someday a time will come when man will agree to happiness.

After he learns to save the autumn leaves, man will invent death."
So saying, being human, she hanged herself.









Copyright © 2000 Jan Haag
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Jan Haag may be reached via e-mail: jhaag@u.washington.edu




OTHER POEMS

From the Jocasta Poems #15 -- Blindness

George Coluzzi

I Am Innuit

McDonald Observatory





BY JAN HAAG


POETRY + MUSIC + ESSAYS + TRAVEL + FICTION + TEXTILE ART

INTRODUCTION + HAAG'S BIO



21st CENTURY ART, C.E. - B.C., A Context