The Gaze of the Gargoyle

David Reinstein,LCSW By David Reinstein,LCSW, 24th Jun 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The Gargoyle has been more than a simple ornament on structures for many centuries. It waits and watches for the moment when it is seen.

The Gargoyle's Gaze

Leering down from on high
Fixed in a cornice
Eyes missing nothing
Of what is fixed or moving,
In often overlooked stealth
A non-threatening
Yet uncomfortably fearful visage,
A smirking grotesque
Gazes hard and long
Into the here-and-now.

Symbol of something
No longer recalled,
Mask of a being
Long extinct,
Guardian of an empty space
Where once great treasure
And wondrous secrets
Were collected and hoarded
By those who already had
In dizzying amplitude
An earthly course
Might possibly require.

Water may have cascaded
And later dribbled
From the mouth;
The unpleasant image of
Gargoyle drool.

Well past the time
When his intent
Was known to all,
As curiosity and artifact
The omniscient overseer
And fantastic faucet
Sits above the range
Of forward seeing vision,
And always in wait
For the living eye
Or crafted lens
To take note
And recreate its life.


Cornice, David Reinstein Lcsw, Drool, Fantastic, Fearful Visage, Gargoyle, Grotesque, Lens, Overseer

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
24th Jun 2012 (#)

Gargoyles have various legends with the most popular ones being warding off evil spirits. They are kind of totemic and have various forms including animal forms wherein each animal that is used signifies a particular legend.
The basic use of it is for the flow of water in various ancient medivial structures and the name is related to the throat of the creature. It has something to do with anger and the water is usual an element used to calm it down as with the crucifix.
It is usually seen in European structures but is more predominant with the French.
Nice one, brought back a memory and reminds me of the movie that was made with the name Gargoyles.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
24th Jun 2012 (#)

Your words in this poem are weaved into the mystery of the gargoyle. Intriguing!
Thank you.

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author avatar tankermone
25th Jun 2012 (#)

Wonderfully brilliant!

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26th Jun 2012 (#)


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author avatar Delicia Powers
4th Jul 2012 (#)

Wonderful...they did so captured my amazement in well your poem paints my very- thoughts ...profound poem David

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author avatar 1Faithmorgan
9th Aug 2012 (#)

Excellent Poem !

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