Almanac Poetry: Self-Portrait with Death Playing the Fiddle

Self-Portrait with Death Playing the Fiddle
(after Arnold Böcklin)


The more I look
at what’s ahead,
the more I sense
who’s looming behind—
old fiddler Death
with a hideous laugh
playing me
to eternity.


Acknowledgement: first published in Orbis Quarterly International Literary Journal, UK, 2018.



Self-Portrait with Death Playing the Fiddle by Arnold Bocklin, oil on canvas, 1872 .



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Kevin Densley is a poet and writer-in-general. His fourth book-length poetry collection, Sacredly Profane, was published in late 2020 by Ginninderra Press. He is also the co-author of ten play collections for young people, as well as a multi Green Room Award nominated play, Last Chance Gas, which was published by Currency Press. Other writing includes screenplays for educational films.


  1. Kevin Densley says

    (Disturbingly) fine painting, I reckon!

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