Sunday, January 07, 2007

No time for talk



Baraka

For the muscle that pulled the oar,
for the hand that wrung the cloth.
For the eye that scanned the river,
for the night that took the moth.
For the mother who bore the child,
for the father who hunted for home.
For the daughter who learned patience,
for the son who yearned to roam.
For the youth that squandered hours,
for the sage who breathes in slow.
For the mysteries that so remain,
for the things we think we know.

Baraka
Baraka

No time for talk
Baraka.



For the girl who washed her body,
for the thief who lost his gold.
For the face that never furrowed,
For the moon that passed in cold.
For the dead along the banks,
for the scatter petaled water.
For the keepers of long kisses,
for the lamb reprieved from slaughter.
For the reasons never uttered,
for the mornings never held.
For the glaciers slowly slipping,
for the trees that stand unfelled.

Baraka
Baraka

No time for talk
Baraka.



For the smoke that takes the flesh,
for the fire that cleans and blesses.
For the love that holds the family,
for the darning of new dresses.
For the stairs that rise to greet us,
for the dungeon’s deep despair.
For the mountain made of cell bars,
for the snow and sullen air.
For the Earth that hurtles sunward,
for the sea that floods to ebb.
For the delicate decisions,
for the dew-borne spider’s web.

Baraka
Baraka

No time for talk
Baraka.

Joseph Gallo
January 7, 2007


11 Comments:

Blogger Joni parried...

I have been meaning to respond to this poem and to your comment on my blog. I finally got to do both. LOL

I like this poem alot. It sweeps me up in the flow of it and takes me on its journey downstream. It's a nice ride.

I still have to watch all the clips though. I seem to be lacking time for such endeavors lately. I look forward to watching them.

(((hugs)))

January 11, 2007 8:01 AM  
Blogger Joseph Gallo parried...

Time is; waiting is; watching is. ;-)

This poem is really more a set of lyrics, perhaps with a poetic bent. I sense a music I've not yet applied to it, full of breadth and majesty, things sonically Baraka-like. A homage to their powerful work, testament to masterful filmcraft.

Thanks for your kind comments and give a watch when quiet allows. Better yet, rent or buy the DVD. I think kids would even like it, especially precocious ones full of wonder and awe.

Like you. ;-)

January 11, 2007 1:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous parried...

The Baraka videos were wonderful. Your words were a very good "sonic" pairing for the visuals. Thank you!

January 13, 2007 3:33 PM  
Blogger billie parried...

I'm going to have to get the DVD - my laptop is not working with these segments...

Great words, will look forward to the film and the soundtrack (noticed Dead Can Dance contributed!)

billie

January 15, 2007 3:40 PM  
Blogger Joseph Gallo parried...

I highly recommend it, Billie. Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson have created an impressive series of films, so please look to their other releases as well. Somehow, their view into the darkness and the beauty of the human spirit is truly edifying.

Thanks for your comments and to the anonymous writer who enjoyed the words as well.

January 17, 2007 10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous parried...

This ranks right up there on a par with "Green Eggs & Ham".

Bravo!

January 17, 2007 2:06 PM  
Blogger Joseph Gallo parried...

Thanks, Anon! Though Theo Geisel deserves a much higher fetidular ranking than these hortonal lyrics. ;-)

January 17, 2007 6:27 PM  
Blogger Kyle parried...

Joseph, insightful and skilled words ... and thanks for sharing the videos. Together, very moving.

January 18, 2007 11:27 PM  
Blogger Joseph Gallo parried...

Thanks for visiting, Kyle. Always good to see you about the cyberether. Metaphorically speaking, of course. ;-)

January 19, 2007 3:22 AM  
Blogger _Soulless_ parried...

Enjoyed the beat of the rhyme. Coupled with the intensity and diversity of the imagery, I cannot ask for more. ^_^ Poem or song, certainly there is music to it that appeals to me.

I am much delighted to have chanced upon your poetry site (and to have read other pieces here, especially "Sometimes Walking"). Cheers.

January 21, 2007 2:47 PM  
Blogger Joseph Gallo parried...

Thanks for your kind comments, Souless. Welcome to Drachenthrax and please visit often.

Your blogsite looks terrific and I will make some time to peruse your work as well. Nice to have another friend in the world to whom I can link and hopefully provide a small portal for others to visit you. Cheers to you as well. :-)

January 21, 2007 3:38 PM  

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