Tangled Web

What a tangled web
Our mind weaves within,
Deep in the dark empty halls
Of the subconscious where
Screams and laughter
Echo off the peeling walls.

A veritable spider’s loom
Strung with glistening threads
Of half-remembered memories
Slipping slyly through the
Dreams that dissipate
When reason wakes.

A beast just waiting patiently to
Jump out at you from the shadows
In the deepest dark of a moonless night
Or in the bright warm light of a sunny day
It sits there on its hairy haunches
Ready to hunt you and take you down.

A magic mirror of perception
Reflecting madly, distorting facts
Twisting thoughts and feelings
Sometimes granting wisdom
Your greatest enemy and
The best friend you ever had.

Undecipherable scribbles
Covering the inner workings
An enigma, a maze, a labyrinth
No signed routes to follow
Each single trembling step
A blind leap of hard won faith.

What a tangled web
Our mind weaves within,
Deep in the dark empty halls
Of the subconscious where
Screams and laughter
Echo off the peeling walls.

© Sybille Sterk
Do not copy or publish this poem in any way shape or form without my written permission.

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Poem to go with my illustration in the Head Space series.

I thought it fitted in well with the fact it’s almost Halloween… :-)


I am a very creative person and it’s my way of dealing with the world, inside and out. I am only happy when I am making things or painting or writing. There are just not enough hours in the day…. I am into poetry and photo manipulation at the moment and also dabbling in photography. :-)

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  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful Writing MM- so rich in imagery- a perfect compliment to your brilliant Art…actually reading this was not unlike listening to my own inner responses while viewing your series- it is such a celebration of the ultimate Black Box. xx

  • Wow! I am so pleased that the image worked for you in the way it was intended and that it works with the poem. :-) You made my day! :-) xo ♥

    – Sybille Sterk

  • almaalice
    almaaliceabout 4 years ago

    Intricate phrases so brilliantly describing for me what we have always called ‘the night nadgers’ when sleep won’t come and almost irrational thoughts race you through the darkest hours. I think it is brilliant. Alma

  • Thank you so much Alma. The mind is an odd organ really… :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Blake Steele
    Blake Steeleabout 4 years ago

    Hi Magpie… I love to hear these echoed footsteps from your secret hollow halls. And could you make the image larger? It is so right and beautiful with these words!

  • Thank you Blake. Just click on the image in the description to see the larger version. :-) I’d rather not have any large images n the comments without any attribution in the comments section. It takes up so much space making people have to scroll… :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Blake Steele
    Blake Steeleabout 4 years ago

    Got it. Good to you.

  • :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • chrisuk
    chrisukabout 4 years ago

    Strong words Sybille, beautifully written. Two incredible works that compliment each other,…Love them…

  • Thank you so much Chris. :-) I am having fun with this series and I love playing with words and pictures. LOL

    – Sybille Sterk

  • TheWanderingBoo
    TheWanderingBooabout 4 years ago

    beautiful writing

  • Thank you so much Simon! :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellabout 4 years ago

    oh indeed a mind and its web,
    how extraordinary this piece is
    I’m sitting back and sighing amazing image too….

  • Thank you so much Lisa. I am so glad it works for you. The mind is a constant wonder to me. :-) ♥

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Christie  Moses
    Christie Mosesabout 4 years ago

    this piece of writing goes perfectly with the image. The mind can surely be a tangled and confusing place. x

  • Thank you so much Christie. The mind is strange and sometimes wonderful and sometimes it seems to strangle you with the webs it weaves. Glad you like this. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • lianne
    lianneabout 4 years ago

    Oh indeed, Sybille, we can certainly weave this kind of confusion for ourselves, create the web in which we ourselves get caught! Your imagery, your visually descriptive phrases so perfectly express what you’ve captured in this glorious work of art as well, my friend. Awesome work! xoxox

  • Thank you so much Lianne. The two (image and poem) were created side by side. Sometimes I work this way, especially when the feeling I try to express is just ‘vague’ and it helps me to work it out. xoxoxoxox♥

    – Sybille Sterk

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindabout 4 years ago

    you are so like in my head, I could have written this – wish I had, of course. brilliant, with your art. hugs xoxoxoxoxoxo

  • LOL Twins separated at birth? ;-) Thanks so much. Glad I am not alone in my head. xoxoxoxoxoxxo♥♥☺

    – Sybille Sterk

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