“O Absalom”, posted for dversepoets.

Watercolor, Salisbury, janekohut-bartels, 2005

(Watercolor, Jane Kohut-Bartels, 2004, Untitled)

O Absalom,

Ensnared by long hair in the

Boughs of an oak,

Pierced through the heart three times–

The shimmer of life now faded.



Pulled into mysteries

So abandoned by love

Now given over to lust

Charged with stolen rapture

Dizzy as a drunken dervish-

One hand upward to Heaven

One hand spilling to Earth

Skirts stiffened with sins hard as stone

Corrupted over a life time and now–

Flayed on an unending mandala.


Mystery of Life,

Unstoppable desire,

O beautiful Absalom,

We float upon a divine river

Entangled in the reeds of human wanting.


This is our nature,

This our calling while

Flesh answers flesh.

What quarter be given when the heart is

Overwhelmed by passion’s excess?


Lie still–

Let the waters cleanse our loins,

Mud of the banks soothe our wounds,

Our blood mingle with the floating grasses,

Our hearts sink beneath the surface.

Let the rivers of Babylon

Carry us away.


Jane Kohut-Bartels

Copyrighted, 2016





Please don’t read my work from the site: JP at Olive Grove.  Jingle Nozelar Yan owns the site and is a common thief and liar.    She said  she doesn’t have to ask permission to revise or post your work.  She said she depends upon this. She preys on real poets because she isn’t one.  She refuses to follow the US Copyright laws of the US.  This behavior is insulting to the entire poetry community.  Jingle Bells Yan is no poet If you love poetry, avoid her like the plague she is.

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24 Responses to ““O Absalom”, posted for dversepoets.”

  1. Brian Says:

    A song, played with lute and recorder and drum. The flow of the poem sways and ebbs as our passions. I like the painting too, you are so talented.

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  2. lillian Says:

    oh my…..this carries such emotion. Favorite line:
    “Skirts stiffened with sins hard as stone” This is amazing imagery with such visceral tone to it. Wow!

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  3. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Lillian! It’s not new….has some few years on it…and I have revised it (the beginning stanza) a couple of times. Not sure that I am settled with it yet. But the words of an old Linda Ronstadt song: “let the rivers of Babylon carry us away” have haunted me for many years…way before I was a poet. Thank you, Lillian!

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  4. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Brian. I think the thing behind any talent is trying things….as I am not trained…self-taught. Sometimes that works, and sometimes that puts you on a long course of struggle. LOL! Yes, it’s a love song. It would have to have instruments appro to the time. Thank you, Brian. I will be over tomorrow as the tasks of dinner, dogs, cats, chickens and laundry are calling my name. LOL!

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  5. mist twine Says:

    Gorgeous! I especially love these sections:

    “Boughs of an oak,
    Pierced through the heart three times”

    “One hand upward to Heaven
    One hand spilling to Earth
    Skirts stiffened with sins hard as stone”

    Flayed on an unending mandala”

    “Lie still–
    Let the waters cleanse our loins”

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  6. ladynyo Says:

    thank you, Mist Twine…I think Ihave never been satisfied with the first stanza. I’ve rewritten it a couple of times, but still….. the rest is ok by me. but it raised a question: when is a poem ever finished…and in hindsight….can it be improved? I think many times it can be. Thank you so much for reading and your very kind comment. Jane


  7. Brian Says:

    I live about 5 hours south of you if you ever get to Florida.

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  8. kanzensakura Says:

    Love the line “skirts stiffened with sins hard as stone”. The last stanza is simply gorgeous, as is the paintung. Such multiple talents

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  9. ladynyo Says:

    Hi Toni….first, thank you for reading and your lovely comment. I’ve thought a lot about this ‘multiple talents’. I think one discipline feeds into another. There are no Chinese walls between these things. However, it’s hard to convince people that this is so. At least in my experience. I have a birth family that is talented in music, but they only stay in music. As my mother, who at 96 is not a nice person (and no sign of dementia…yet) said: “I can never be truly proud of you because you haven’t let me (her) into your artistry”. That sentence is a caution. I think it is right and proper to not let certain people who prove to be so into your ‘artistry’…whatever the Hell that means. LOL! When people (like my mother and brothers) prove to try and dismiss what someone else can do…or does….it shows their own narrowness in thought. Why shouldn’t we push ourselves to try new things and to master (hopefully) a new skill? The music feeds into poetry, the poetry definitely feeds into painting….and vice versa. Everything in life contributes to this…IF we only allow it. You know yourself what I am talking about. The only thing I have found to ‘close myself off of’…are sadists and naysayers. To me, they will destroy any attempts at broadening yourself. Peace. Oh…one other thing. I read this out to a nun….Sister Marie…an Irish nun in her 80’s. She thought it would be Biblical. Hah! Her face reddened and she couldn’t sit still. I realized that what she ‘expected’ certainly wasn’t what I wrote. LOL!


  10. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Brian. My husband comes from Miami. I hate Miami….especially at Xmas….but Florida is a lovely state. It’s got water on three sides!!!! Land locked Atlanta is poorer for this. Some day we just might meet. I love to meet other poets. What good is life if we isolate ourselves from those whose hearts and minds think in these mediums?

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  11. Brian Says:

    I would love to meet in person. I’ve had the best times with fellow bloggers in person. I mean, it’s not like we would meet for a munch. 🙂

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  12. Grace Says:

    I love your painting as well as your passionate voice ~ The last two stanzas specially moved me Jene ~

    Let the rivers of Babylon

    Carry us away.

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  13. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Grace. Those words I carried for 20 years before I found a reason to use them. LOL! Thank you for reading and your lovely comment. I am going to try to paint more this year…landscapes and birds of prey seem to be it for me. And as you know….I will post a comment here on my blog about your submission tomorrow. It’s a lot less frustrating than to try to fit my wp to your carrier. Thank you, again, Grace.


  14. ladynyo Says:

    LOL! I bet not a handful of people here know what that is. LOL! Yes, I have met other bloggers, and with the exception of two….(one was a Dom in Montreal…a sadist…I was there for a master class in belly dance…37 degrees below zero that week.) my meeting in person with other bloggers has been a good thing. Hopefully, we can meet someday. Until then, I really enjoy your writing.


  15. Bodhirose Says:

    Well, I had to look up Absalom and saw that he is a person from the Bible. My Bible knowledge is limited but I enjoyed your writing of him. Or maybe you just borrowed his name. I tend to scan other comments and saw Brian’s reference to a “munch”…okay now I’ve learned something else from reading your blog and comments! Lol!

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  16. kanzensakura Says:

    I imagine not! Poor nun. How sad about your mom. How sad about your brothers. I think it is great when peeps have multiple talent. My greatest talent is my cooking after which comes swords…my husband loves to watch mr juggle knives, lol. I am not a good poet but I do enjoy it and enjoy writing it. I can’t draw worth a flip but I can make flowers out of veggies…go figger!

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  17. Nan Mykel Says:

    You captured he beat of life well. I especially like “Entangled in the reeds of human wanting”.

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  18. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) Says:

    The biblical connection with the humans make think of Song of Songs.. also I think that the flow of words has something of a dreamy turbulence, of snaking eddies touching like extended arms..

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  19. petrujviljoen Says:

    Blown away!

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  20. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you.


  21. ladynyo Says:

    Works for me. Thanks.


  22. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Nan.


  23. ladynyo Says:

    Anyone who can handle knives or swords has my attention and respect. LOL! I started fencing at 45 and it’s really a young man’s sport. It almost killed me. I have never worked so hard at something. LOL~! And anyone who can make flowers from veggies has my total respect! My family are fundamental Christians..(except my mother who is an atheist…works when you are a path. narcissist…you play for narc. supply) ..not the kind ones, the intolerant and judgmental ones. my brother and sisterinlaw destroyed one of the oldest Epis. churches in Savannah…along with their friends…saying it wasn’t ‘gospel’ enough. That was a cover for their anti-gay beliefs. I think you are a wonderful poet. I love your work.


  24. ladynyo Says:

    ROTF. Bad Brian. LOL! I am not biblical at all. The intolerance of my birth family towards anything different than what they believe has kept me from religion. If I had to push myself, I would say that I have great respect for Shinto. Mostly Fudo and Jizo…my two favorite deities. Of course, this gets me put in the corner with many. LOL! I don’t remember how I came to the Absalom name or issue, but I must have had some knowledge of him. Where, I haven’t a clue. LOL! Thanks for reading, Gayle.


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