Here, I invite you to explore the enigmatic and thought-provoking piece known as “Ouroboros,” by Mike Powers. Mike Powers is a gifted american writer and artist based in Berlin, Germany.
Synopsis of “Ouroboros”
“Ouroboros” is a poem divided into four sections, each describing a train journey in different directions. The poem explores themes of loneliness, longing, and the cyclical nature of life. The narrator’s experiences on the train become increasingly surreal as they move from the “South” to the “East,” with the train taking on the form of an Egyptian scarab and the Ringbahn becoming a snake. The poem ends with a sense of waiting for a miracle and the narrator leaning on the ghost of someone they love.
I never can be alone on this train this train hurling this train southward pouring through an eyebrows of fog and space and shadows like dragon’s tongues This train I can never never never be alone on but tonight in spirit I am alone with the severed moonbeam on my lap and you and you
Trying to get back to you
but unable to escape this maddening Teufelskreis. All I do is go round, the moonbeam on my lap becoming a dogeared copy of The Divine Comedy, the song in my ear our song whose words I can’t remember. I can’t even remember when I boarded nor who I was when I did. I only know my heart. I only know as it leans upon your ghost
Light crumbles. A cathedral vanishes. Pink mist clings to an electric billboard. The cabin is dreaming. The air is fat with disembodied voices. The train is an enormous Egyptian scarab trundling through the city, its frightened eyes glowing like TV screens, the night roaring in its wake
The eastern light trots out on feeble legs. The sky has a diamond luster. A woman is soaked in twilight. The train isn’t even stopping at the stations anymore. The train is mad-eyed. The Ringbahn is a snake lockingits jaw around its tail. I wait for a miracle. We pass under dragon’s tongues.I lean upon your ghost
This is Mike
Writer & Artist
Mike Powers is an American writer and sketch artist based in Berlin, Germany. He is a versatile artist, known for his unique and imaginative style of writing and sketching. Want to read more? here you go!
One of Powers’ greatest strengths is his ability to blend different art forms, such as literature and drawing, to create a truly immersive experience for his audience.