Inspired by F2. 24 Boitata and F3.24, Black-eyed Children
Eyes of Fire and Chill
Eyes take in the light, reflect and refract,
heated observation burns with fury–
a gaze that combusts to protect,
regenerating by fire to make the world right,
and then the opposite,
dead souls with eyes of bottomless black.
What makes us turn children into demons—
brightest hope dashed and fears projected,
we see the monsters within.
For Paul Brookes’ Folktober Challenge. You can see the images and read the other responses here.
Reblogged this on The Wombwell Rainbow.
Thank you, Paul.
That’s a chilling observation. I’m sure you’re right though. Children are the adults they’ll grow into.
Thank you. When I re-read it, I realized that’s how it sounded–and yes, that’s true. I did mean it though as adults projecting upon children. I was thinking of so many stories and movies about strange or evil children. Isn’t that a weird thing? So, yes, both things. 🙂
In my favorite podcast series, Ghosts in the Burbs, there’s a black-eyed children episode. It’s a scary one.
Yes, it works both ways. Warped adults see evil in everything, but those warped adults started off as (warped) children. We probably can’t ever say when the change occurred, if it ever did.
Yes, that’s very true.
The dark mirror. Why is it some absorb its images, while others turn away? (K)
The second stanza is doubly chilling for me because sometimes we project evil onto children, while other times we turn them into demons by how we treat them.
Yes, you’re so right–and it is chilling.
Liz, as so often, has nailed it.
Thank you so much, Derrick.