Chameleons and Skulls: an Objectives Analysis with Two Russian Scenes – Poem by Anilkumar P V

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Extensions by Ajay Sekher. Acrylic on Canvas. 2013
Extensions by Ajay Sekher. Acrylic on Canvas. 2013














For me

The skulls are as intense

As to remind one of Eisenstein films

I don’t know why

Maybe they give you

The infinite possibilities of montage

And now

Let us examine

When they first made their presence

Indeed, it had been before chameleons

How beautiful were they

Radiating like the sun

And later

Due to tectonic movements

They went under, over which grew

Chameleons, the blood suckers

Have you ever traced the taproot of chameleons

They are in the skulls, in the deep

And now

What is their situation

Dark like the Dark Age

With died out eye-embers

Amidst empty bottles and wastes

Waiting for their destiny

Scene 1, or, How Eisenstein failed

Skulls uproot the taproots

Skulls climb up the Odessa steps

One by one, for no one

Skulls are followed by chameleons

Skulls, afraid to death, surrender


Scene 2, or, What Tarkovsky Saw

From Solaris, earth reminds us of earth

New is everything, like New York, New Delhi

Long take tapering into a gaze

Blood from the hollow eyes of skulls

Blood from the open mouths of skulls

Blood from the widened eyes of skulls

Blood blackens, earth looks like earth-skulls

October sky pales over us, for ever*

* Please listen to Al Stewart’s “Roads to Moscow”