Regina et Ochs

At noon the prestige: supra lux
Her Trappistine promises conventions
This Methodist morning he’s pampered
in tux
Tonight, a king…
est mort?

Anchors away from that Grecian Trust
whilst bindings come loose
from stomachs and busts
Her pirates assail
on wings from above
Untie them in Love:
Regina et Ochs

.shcO te anigeR
:evol ni meht eitnU
;evoba morf sgniw no
liassa setarip reH
stsub dna shcamots morf
esool emoc sgnidnib tslihW
;tsurT naicerG taht morf yawa srohcnA

?trom tse
…gnik a ,thginoT
.xut ni derepmap gninrom tsidohteM
.xuder snoitnevnoC
,esimorp enitsipparT reH
.xul arpus :egitserp eht noon tA

::::: Regina et Ochs (The Heiress and her Stud) ::::


Life is short, so let’s be decent.

33 replies on “Regina et Ochs”

Haven’t seen you do much real poetry before, so this is a first!

And it’s wonderful. There’s a reason for the backwards letters, and I’m trying to figure it out, but in the meantime I can only speculate. Is it meant to symbolize reflections in the water / recall and memory?

It’s a tumultuous, dynamic and powerful love story, entwined with themes of the sea and all that symbolizes (the anchor — steadiness? The waves — turbulence?). The skill and feeling in this poem is truly beautiful and moving.

Just saw your comment reply. I would never had guessed that this was the summary of part 3! It seems more apparent now, though the poetic lines seem to hide much of the plot of part 3. The feeling of everything falling apart, “lux and tux” and “untying love” — those are the parts (for me) that faintly recall the themes in Stay Here and Watch Us Roar.

Structure and rhythm are wonderful. Apparently you’re a great poet, too.

Nice signature, by the way. xo Cat

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Thanks a lot, Cat. Yes, you did get the backward text interpretation correct. I don’t need it, strictly speaking, but I needed for readers to see the reflection in the water. That in itself symbolises the broken promises, the narcissist in love with his reflection and the tears that are hidden in the pomp and pageantry of the fairytale wedding. The fighting that comes after when people bottle up resentment. I had to move parts 2 and 3 as the publish dates clashed with some other things so this was supposed to come after, but it’s great on its own. I worked hard on polishing this one and I’m glad you found it a worthwhile read.

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Thanks, Sa. I’m glad you added the reflection part — it elevated the entire poem — and yes, the narcissism and tears (water) and thin façade of a fairytale ending are all very well embedded into your poem. It was definitely a worthwhile read, and it’s beautiful and wonderful and everything I’ve wanted to create as a poet.

Also, this is shameless plugging and I’m sorry, but I’d really, really appreciate it if you gave me some feedback on my work. I know that you don’t like people soliciting comments or likes (Art of the Force) so it’s completely okay if you’re too busy or don’t want to. I just really appreciate you as a writer and an artist and I believe your advice would be invaluable; but again, no pressure, I won’t be upset if you decide not to.

xo Cat

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Thanks so much, as usual for your penetrating commentary. I really feel good knowing that when my work is understood at the deeper layers. Chat soon and best wishes. x

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You don’t have to read the upside down text. It’s there for artistic value. A reflection in the water so to speak. Thank you. Never mind the bottom feeders. x Happy Easter.


very labyrinthine and flummoxing.superb work.
Although i’m sure my theories of this poetry are not exact but isn’t the diversity of interpretations why we love poetry.
be well ,impostor pawn.

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Hello imposter pawn. This one was my most inspired and there is a great deal of layering involved as well, so thank you for noticing that. I hope you’re having a great Easter Sunday.

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A better one after reading and rereading such great poetry. And I loved the old English, and I thought that layering was freaking masterful. The french, that was the nuclear poem right there. So intricate and ornate… I relished.

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Dear God, Thank you for Imposter Pawn. Thank you. I am so glad you sawrit. I was definitely going for a Rime of the Ancient Mariner and it was meant for the seriously intellectually threatening subscribers on my list. xoxoxoxoxox (Dances and jigs about) oxxooxxooxo

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Thanks, and that’s a good question. I meant for the original to be read from left to right. I added the mirror text to mimic the reflection in water (anchors away) as if looking down at the water from a luxury yacht during your honeymoon which is going terribly wrong because the groom’s “king” is “dead” and the couple is fighting a lot (getting things off their chest). I appreciate your reading.


Thanks a lot for appreciating it. Just type upside down or reverse text in Google and you will see a number of websites offering to do that. Some have a better style than others. It’s up to you to decide what works for you. Have fun, x

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It’s in a classic style, so a bit hard to understand. It’s meant to be that way. The ending percussive sounds are most important. And the line you like refers to the groom preparing for his wedding ceremony.

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I was exhausted. But I managed to make it through my salon visit. Did you see my guest post at iKu2e’s blog? I wrote it after I sent you that photo. Then after pastry, I caught up on messages and went to bed at one this morning. I’m still tired.

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