Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Cave paintings were certainly 'carved in stone'

                                                                                                   Attribution: Bjorn
Image: Courtesy of Bjorn's (here)

3WW given words:
 ignite hellish greasy 

Cave paintings were certainly 'carved in stone'
With no possibility to have them changed or disturbed
Treasured as heritage sites no denying their presence
Preserved for long in many parts of the world unperturbed

Tugging at the imagination to ignite lots of questions
Were they creative manifestations of a caveman's life
To while away boring times in such a fashion
Instead of clubbing women's head to drag home a 'wife'

Or perhaps a recording of a hellish experience
But announced to his peers as an encounter of fun
Of having been chased by a prehistoric serpent
And lived to tell the tale to everyone

More morbid yet perhaps a record of circumstances
That led to the 'greasy' demise of one so unlucky
Where generations after were the better informed
Of how life could be snuffed out in a jiffy

For Thomg's hosting at 3WW week #449 and
Bjorn's at d'Verse's Poetics: carved in stone


  1. I love the wry sense of humour in this Hank...perhaps they too made art because it was a pleasurable thing to do especially when you know your time on earth is limited

  2. Yes, these cave carvings definitely ignite lots of questions. We can think we know what is meant by them, but never know for sure. Yes - 'life could be snuffed out in a jiffy' - but thankfully there is a record centuries later!

  3. I like your questioning in this, Hank :)

  4. interesting musing on caveman's minds...

  5. I like that word "ignite" as you used it here, Hank. Yes, these ancient carvings do bring up lots of questions. The answers are a big mystery.

  6. Life then was hard for sure.. We cannot really know, but I think they might have eaten well and been happy, dying young.

  7. I like the humorous musings in this poem. I particularly like the hellish experience turned into a fun encounter... a bit like Facebook today, perhaps?

  8. Smiles.. a gentleman raising his arms
    in front of a staring snake with an erect
    phallus is a display of fearlessness
    that most 'beta' males cannot
    imagine today..
    it works
    for me..
    Just an ancient
    way of saying F
    fear.. or i ain't
    scared.. heHE..
    in at least the
    way i see it
    AND FEEL IT..;)

  9. I love the frankness at the end that it also recalls how easily a life is snuffed out

  10. Humor in this poem but yet, awareness of how quickly death can happen. Early people probably were not aware of their hard existence as it was the only life they knew so I can easily imagine, like you, escaping a giant serpent and then telling folks "tweren't nuthin'" so to speak. Today we take photographs, back then, they carved their stories in stone. Their children could say, see? My dad survived that! I really like this poem a lot. Spencer is Kanzensakura

  11. I enjoy the thought of the epic snake chase and the heroic story telling on the wall! Nice one, Hank!

  12. They can sure lead one to think, hopefully we know more now than they did then

  13. Wow!! Such a lot of depth and wisdom in this poem :D :D

  14. The carvers were the poets and artists of their time. I wonder if the others held them in esteem or thought they were crazy.

  15. I hope not the last possibility as it would be a grisly and untimely death ~ At least we know they were here ~

  16. I don't think we will ever truly know the story told in the carvings but, they often wrote about life, hunting and wars. I don't think I'd enjoy a clubbing and I'm sure that was a reality.

  17. Again the stone(d) Swedes show us the phallic salute; perhaps not too hard to understand as depictions of primal rage, but juxtaposed the the great serpent, & hey there is interest in "the rest of the story".