Posted by: Ron DuBour | November 20, 2017

Exotica~by Paul F. Lenzi





“Vanitas Still Life” by Pieter Claesz

I am drawn to fabricative vestiges
odd artifacts orphaned by culture
castoff heirlooms of clever-bent candlewax minds

melting visions of handsome arcanum
subliminal beds of mathematics
for whose formulas priests and engineers vie

curious handiworks rigged of small use
save to elevate medieval cells
of profligate mundane cerebral existence

unrepentant assertions of sophists
caught in autocrat teeth by poor students
of Machiavellian critical thinking

decorations I hang from sagged roofbeams
and mount over friable mantels
where they’ll burn when the vanitas torch paints my house



(originally posted April 2013)


  1. thank you for sharing my poem with your readers

    • most welcome always!!

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