(for the artist who painted “Narcisse 11”  iekocatnap)

(please click play to hear my recitation to the music of
Angelo Badalamenti, “Mulholland Drive Love Theme”

In the stilled waters of a liquid mirror,

he found love like a floating swan,
paddling through himself,
the night hanging cloudless above him.
He found love, jealous madness and poetry
and the moonlight shined in stripes
through the bending bars of his glorious prison.

He lost himself completely
in what he knew like his own sighs,
her night blue dream-filled eyes.
They kissed in poems of fuchsia’s passion
rosed now, the waters that covered his face,
his lip bleeding from too much feeling.
He watched her under him trembling,
copying his every expression.
Hours turned back to seconds,
now he was sure, he knew her more
than he knew his own obsession.
He sentenced himself to stay with her
night and day…and there was only her.

Wild words poured into his mind,
Oh! They made him open his mouth
to spill his ecstasy, and he let them
fall upon her off his tongue in single drops.
Her entire body trembled in
widening, spreading circles
until they faded in the shadows to a stop.

Thoughts called in notes of music and he was tempted,
to sail the seas to cool dark places,
rooms inside his mind being decorated,
before he could arrive..and every door he opened
was to invite her in and stay with him.
There was no pulling himself away, how could he?

not tomorrow…not possible today.
The key to love lay in the eyes that blinked back at him.
All the keys to the mysteries were
held inside her shifting beauty,
underneath the moonlight

washed in stripes.
He whispered it out loud now,

“Soul mate, you are in me”

Nights he passed close to her side,
so as not to disturb her silent rest,
even water for his thirst was self- denied.
and hunger became meaningless.
There was only her face
and the longing song

to join him.
Days were pages bound quickly into weeks,
flowers fell from the trees and covered him.
One moonless night he finally cried.
“Soul mate, I am in you”
Then slipping down into the waters
of his liquid mirror,
he closed his love-worn eyes,
surrendered to her peacefully and died.

Karima Hoisan
March 8, 2011
Virtual Gallery Linc Island SL

iekocatnap was one of my favorite Virtual/Real Life artists.
She is from France and I met her in Second Life and was
captivated from the start. She also did the painting Tierra Dorada
which I posted recently)

Tierra Dorada – Golden Land

We have just re-met in the last few days on Opensim and she also has a new
world there, I am anxious to see. She visited my AI Art world last night and loved it.
11 years ago this was a favorite recital piece for my live shows, but until today,
I had never recorded it. I hope you enjoy it , even if my voice has not totally recovered 100% from Covid.


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20 Responses to Narcissus

  1. daleinnis says:

    Lovely! I’m glad you’ve now recorded this; your voice sounds excellent!

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  2. Oh my, coming from you, my soulkin, I am soaring and beaming and feeling very blessed to be “the real deal” Thank you for enjoying this one so much and giving me this beautiful comment, that felt almost more like a hug. 🙏❤️🤗🎈🦋


  3. Wow, this is absolutely gorgeous!!! Another brilliant reading, Karima!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. AOC says:

    Beautiful! I started hallucinating while starring at the artistic pattern. XOXO


  5. KK says:

    What a gorgeous peace, Karima! Loved it from the beginning till the very end, and your recital in deep voice makes it more powerful. You can only use verses like ‘lip bleeding from too much feeling.’👌💐💖

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  6. love your gorgeous poem with so much passion and love so beautifully expressed in your amazing voice. Such a gift. 💗❣️💞

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Jeff Flesch says:

    Oh my goodness, that’s a beautiful reading, Karima. Amazingly meditative. It’s always a treat to hear you read. A wonderful experience. ✨❤️

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Navin says:

    I’m blown away by this poem…this recitation is beautiful…in your beautiful voice of the I…heart touching truly is this piece…I listened to it twice & read it as well one other time…Karima, you’re a beautiful poet & a being…the way you’ve expressed every single line…oh my & wow…a breathtaking piece ❤️

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    • Hello dear Navin and oh my what a comment you left me! It took my breath away(so now we are even:):) I went into like a trance when I wrote this poem so many years ago..I was staring at the painting in my virtual gallery and got lost in it. Thank you so much, dear sensitive friend, for these amazing words.. How they inspire me to be a poet.. to trust my muse..I am so lucky I know you:)

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