An afternoon, late summer, in a room Shuttered against the bright, envenomed leaves; An under-water world, where time, like water Was held in the wide arms of a gilded clock, And my grandmother, turning in to the still sargasso Of memory, wound out her griefs and held A small boy prisoner to weeds and corals, While summer leaked its daylight through his head. I feared that room, the parrot screeching soundless In its dome of glass, the faded butterflies Like jewels pinned against a sable cloak, And my grandmother winding out the skeins I held Like trickling time, between […]
Upon the burning mountain stands the palm. Deeper was its grove than the heart’s night, And hung with green the spring rose under it. Hidden in miles of leaves stood the great palm, That column of a thousand years. Too sharp, too bright burned this winter’s sun. The wind’s fine fever withered and pierced. O, time that brings us harm undoes our knowledge, dries our sap and love: upon the burning mountain burns the palm within the burning grove. ‘I am that which is not able to be whole’, says the fire: ‘and therefore I devour, seeking the absolute […]
The leaves are gone from the tree, Eddying. We too, wind-cold, with the leaves Revolving. We that were green in the sun Have the yellow of death in our veins. The tree is gaunt in the star-shells, Silver and black, grotesque. And the voice of the wind is a myth In the shouts of the hate. We know of our end— The fear is over for us. But we think and we think– O God! Will there be Spring again?
The planes seem to crash into my room. I feel their wings lurch In torment of darkness And silver; they leave their shadow Flat for an instant, then run Across the floor, like mice. One long, little shadow of death. Sweep, dip, roar in the sudden Zipped bass of them Above my roof, and I crouch down. I am nothing but the seed of fear, Crouching under the plane’s white Ribbed bellies. They are dark and silver in sunlight. Yet in my room they become Little shadows, scimetar slim as Fugitive fear, little shadows left For an instant at my […]