Posts Tagged ‘ flowers ’

oppositions and wind

 

1

Know that is

Light slides down

The shadowed wall

And that curved tongue

Pressed a measured palm in

Or each leaning kiss is given once and

Taken back again.  I’m saying said this once.

2

Material of

Thickest paper and

Arm a full now rose

Revolving of red.

3

Standard o say

You are missing in

Setting.

Clear.

4

Meadow now

And again comes

Meadow all white

And snowing some.

5

All through forth

Shattered light

Down

And

Out of the trees

Birds spread

Slowly round.

6

Either I am

A kind of toiled

Ending of windows or

With each thought I

Go out into the light and come back in again.

7

Bathing come

Going bathing a

(Jump and jump)

Come and going

Bathing a bathing a

(jumping)

Come bathing a going

(jump jump)

Bathing leap.

8

When ear

Well here

Well or

A or a

Ear well

Here mumbling.

9

Heaped wind on

As tree leaves

Suddenly tree leaves

Heaped and

Returning.

10

Owl

Who

An owl

Who

(In the dark tree)

Turns round its head

Round and who

reaches into

The night to tear away a mouse.

11

Have me

In coming and going

Curtains in windowing

In

Again

Have me

Again.

12

In some     awful

And           only                                               way

Other        howl

Goes heavy a shade across the yard silently now,

Some awful other standing near leering and In

Some        awful

And           only

Other way standing and I. 

13

Awe me

In new clothes

Pretending a dream.

14

I have given you a forest made

From my hand a forest and

Given it to you.

15

& found

Your letter, but

With others gathering

Dust.  So

And so says

“hi.”

spring

When love is

More is

Moved

To

Meaning in

Trees

And

Leaves

And

Wind

Then

When loves is

More in

Trees

And

Leaves

And

Wind

I am moved to

Meanings more in

Trees

And

Leaves

And

Wind

For love is

And

Is

And

Is

Again.

O’er

1

Out on all

We or all

In

Now

In

Now

Is.

 

2

Or

Ending

Is

When now

All is,

Ending

Is.

 

3

The end is

Is

Ending

Is

Undoing

All, or

Undoing

Is

Ending

All.

 

4

Disembowel

Or

Disavowal

All

Or

Disembowel

All.

 

5

Language

Is,

Movement

Is

And

And

Our

Thought

Consuming

Thoughts,

A candled death.

 

6

On

All

Our

Or

Is

On

All

            Else

Believing,

Who is left?

To

See

Is

            All.

 

 

 

The Richest City (A poem about my grandmother for Forough Farrokhzad)

What gives itself to the dawn

Is taken back at night

And given tomorrow again.

What is given to the dawn

Is taken from the night

And what is given to the light

Is given back to the dark

And whatever is taken from one

Is given to the other.

 

Your hands and feet and cheek

Have not withered.

Your arms and legs, my love,

Have not withered.

 

I have followed the soft line

Of your long neck,

Overcome with awe and curiosity.

I have followed the soft line

Of your neck

As if I were on the edge of an ancient city,

A rich city

That is only real

When I press my hand to its side and

It walls rise before me.

 

And wherever I have gone

I have not come back from

Completely.

My love, I have dragged my hand

Through those cities

And pulled you from the walls and streets.

My love, I have

Pulled you from the dirt of those cities

And I do not have to hold your hands

For your hands to be in my hands.

 

Who is it now that rubs their hand against my cheeks

When I am crying?

Who is it now that rubs my cheeks

When I am crying?

 

And if they wilt,

Your hands,

If they wilt

Then they wilt like the flowers wilt.

They wilt like the flowers wilt.

Becoming more, turned against themselves

And pulled away from the light and

Given to the darkness again.

 

What is taken from the light

Is given to the dark

And whatever is taken form one

Is given to the other.

 

Your long neck

Does not wilt.

Your long neck and side

Does not wilt.

But if they do

Then it is like a flower

That has crawled back inside itself.

If they do

Then it is like the flower.

 

Then it is like the dawn

That is taken from the night.

Then it is like my hand

That pulls you from the walls of a rich city.

And wherever I have gone

I have not come back from completely.

And wherever I am

I am not there completely.

Because I cannot,

Because I cannot stop.

ah

and i can not

i can not

describe your soul,

 

which

is like a flower

unfolding

on my tongue.

No. 4

mums,
potted mums;
flat,
drawn out leaves
like a
sun.

Mirroring

 

 

 

 

1

Wind

Leaning

In

Touching

Trees

 

Then

 

Trees

Touching

In

Leaning

Wind

 

 

2

Wind

In

Moving

Trees,

Leaves

In

Light

 

Then

 

Light

In

Leaves,

Trees

Moving

In

Wind

 

 

3

In

Turning

Trees

Leaves

Fall

 

Then

 

Fall

Leaves

Trees

Turning

In

 

 

4

Leaves

Fall

Through

Autumns

Fog

Curling

 

Then

 

Curling

Fog

Autumns

Through

Fall

Leaves

 

 

5

Around

All

Shadows,

Gray

Air

Breathes

Sky

 

Then

 

Sky

Breathes

Air

Gray

Shadows

All

Around

 

6

Moving

Clouds

Gathering

In

Rain

 

Then

 

Rain

In

Gathering

Clouds

Moving

 

 

7

Rain

Falling

Through

‘Evering

Black

Trees

 

Then

 

Trees

Black

‘Evering

Through

Falling

Rain

 

 

8

Rain

Puddling

Under

Slowly

Moving

Trees

 

Then

 

Trees

Moving

Slowly

Under

Puddling

Rain

 

 

9

Water

Moving

Slower

And

Slower

Still

 

Then

 

Still

Slower

And

Slower

Moving

Water

 

 

10

Knives

Forming

In

Bending

Trees

 

Then

 

Trees

Bending

In

Forming

Knives

 

 

11

Snow

Falling

Through

Reaching

Branches

 

Then

 

Branches

Reaching

Through

Falling

Snow

 

 

12

Nothing

Moves

Around

All

Still

Air

 

Then

 

Air

Still

All

Around

Moves

Nothing

 

 

13

Still

Moving

Trees

In

Light

 

Then

 

Light

In

Trees

Moving

Still

 

 

14

Grass

Growing

From

Drying

Ground

 

Then

 

Ground

Drying

From

Growing

Grass

 

 

15

Leaves

Unfolding

In

Branches

Covering

Light

 

Then

 

Light

Covering

Branches

In

Unfolding

Leaves

 

 

16

Wind

Dead

In

Slowly

Turning

Leaves

 

Then

 

Leaves

Turning

Slowly

In

Dead

Wind

 

 

17

Leaves

Growing

Heavily

From

Tall

Trees

 

Then

 

Trees

Tall

From

Heavily

Growing

Leaves

 

 

18

Tree

Leaves

Flowers

Grass

Wind

 

Then

 

Wind

Grass

Flowers

Leaves

Tree

 

 

19

And

Again

Soft

Petaled

Wind

Falling

In

Trees

 

Then

 

Trees

In

Falling

Wind

Petaled

Soft

Again

And

 

 

20

Round

Sun

Follows

Flower

Bending

Down

 

Then

 

Down

Bending

Flower

Follows

Sun

Round