“And so, from hour to hour, we ripe and ripe,

And then, from hour to hour, we rot and rot;

And thereby hangs a tale.”


Shakespeare As You Like It: 

Act II Scene VII

De Profundis is a series of poems exploring the author’s progression in Fahr’s Disease in both literal and figurative effects. The series of one-hundred-four poems represent the intense mental challenges of coming to terms with this disease. The book focuses on raw emotions and the effects of denial, anger, bargaining, despair, and acceptance of this incurable and inoperable disorder. The series of poems employs strong imagery, reflections from childhood, references to nature, and unique imagery to present the author’s internal dialogue of despair and reconciliation.

The author suffers from Fahr’s Disease, Primary Familial
Brain Calcification: a syndrome that is caused by calcium deposits
on the basal ganglia or cerebral cortex. Its physical manifestations consist
of features like Parkinson’s: muscle tremors, muscle stiffness, diminished voice,
dis-coordination of fine muscle movements, dementia, diminished memory,
and other muscular, physiological, and psychological symptoms.

Sample Poems

     

               2.

          I wear
          my denial
          like a worn
          flannel suit:
          creased
          in forgetfulness
          moth-eaten
          in memories.



                                      23.


          The

          muezzin calls

          from the minaret,

          a rabbi

          chants the Torah,

          a priest

          counts rosaries

          mumbling inflected

          Latin

          While

          Luther nails

          95 theses

          to

          a splintered door,

          but

          I

          can not

          find God

          in these forms

          because

          of

          what

          I am:

          Am I

          sin

          or

          sinner?



                                       55.


          The

          mockingbird trills

          a stolen melody

          that echoes

          from earth to heaven

          believing

          that

          the blind fates

          will not mistake her

          for

          the thieving crow

          or

          melancholy nightingale.

About the Author

David King is a retired English teacher who writes occasional verses with an emphasis on strong imagery and characterization. His current projects include series of poems on the New Jersey Turnpike, Asbury Park, New Jersey, and Boone, North Carolina, soon to be published as  Turnpike Suite and Rural Traces. 


He currently lives in Spartanburg, South Carolina where his pursuits involve Civil War and Revolutionary War studies, the history of colonial churches, bird watching, and road trips in a two-seater sports car. 


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128 Pages (ppb)

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ISBN#: 978-1-942051-35-0

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