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Ouroboros

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.

Ouroboros

South

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

North

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

West

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

East

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

Kompass, Ouroboros, Direction - Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Kompass, Ouroboros, Direction - Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Rauchwolke - Photo by christian-buehner

Rauchwolke - Photo by christian-buehner

Ouroboros, Rust and decay and capatian kirk- Photo by Burnell Yow on Unsplash

Ouroboros, Rust and decay and capatian kirk- Photo by Burnell Yow on Unsplash

Introducing

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.

(@mppowers1132), is a great place to start if you’re interested in following his work. Check out his website or one of the books on amazon.

Mike Powers
Fortuna Berlin by M.P. Powers

Fortuna Berlin by M.P. Powers

Hallucinogenic Dragonfly Intermezzo by M.P. Powers

Hallucinogenic Dragonfly Intermezzo by M.P. Powers

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