Like every storm cloud before you, I am with clear silver backed; though my tongue, free of glint, glistens not with honey. I eye the silver sprouts among the brunette, thinning pate.
Wisely you spend less in converse with me. I am without guile, speaking plainly. What you see in me is truth.
What you carry away in your view, however, is a matter of your moment.
When you return at the end of labor, your glance my way may, may not edify.
What you see in me will accurately tell the damages of the day — but not relate a possible arc of improvement. Morning is always bleak for those who slumber but fitfully. Return to home seldom brings immediate return to health and glow.
“One scarlet flower is cast on the blanch-white stone.”
— Ezra Pound, Canto IV
The stain, the stain, a whispered — no, a creatured thought that crawled from the blanketed chambers.
Too easy to follow its rhythmic flow, ignore questions of source, of purity, of alloy, of intent; to trip the meanders, wave at others oxbowed, becalmed in static utterance — atonal life along a silent shore.
But what then?
Paddle, portage, prospect the driven stream of unconsciousness. Seek golden answers to unexamined life while the stain, the strain, the whispered petals remain.
Into the coracle I bundle my tormented night-sweated revelations, memorized mea-culpas of dreamed delirium, and row, row, row my fat arsed self across Acheron — the wind’s unsailable.
Waveless glass, though more like oil, the bastarded vessel, bent in the making — never true — slogs and dies, slogs anew.
What seafaring lay makes the task more a bliss? “I shall never this way travel again,” comes to mind. Is it?
Is it a veritable song, or more fevered my brain’s fantasy? It signifies not if… if the laborer throws unction under the tongue! The craft is heavy laden, and I am ready to drop them over into the swirling orb of the green deep.
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One never knows what will come from gazing into the Pound Cantos.
…and the lines and the lines and the lines making squares making waves naked waves unmasked waves slippery when wet the rivers wet the streets wet the rain sifts the rain sifts the drain slips wet lines draining waves wet drains lining drains wet waves squares slipping slippery wet runs together straight lines together lines trees dripping waves breaching their frames echoed lines wave wetly drains repeated lines wetly wave rain squares wave as I drain — and the lines and the lines …ah, the lines
Paris has irrevocably changed; it’s very clear. With their heart broken, a hole scorched in its center. Stone edifices will tumble, in time they will crumble — but wasn’t this more than clay? Lives were changed, were taken, were damaged, were transformed…
No one leaves Paris — Paris that weeps now — no one leaves Paris without an impression of the lady.