Thursday, March 15, 2007

A melody that lives but once

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Delilahville

The women move like curtains in Amalfi, rouged as robust
figs, ripe as the unhurried sea. They move across sheets
of wind like cursive over fine parchment, looped and lilted
in the handless alphabets of their sheer curves. Such is
the manner of light on water, pressed but never touching.

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In soft armadas, mizzened windows sail their high faces in
painted fleets as mountains prow the edge of the skirting sky.
There is dance in the village, the thousand scents of intrigue
and hunger spilling down stone cobbleways. This is a night
for golden calves and myrrh-oiled hair, vertiver skin tamboured
with the essential glisten of distant promise two worlds away.

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Moor among these peerless women and lose yourself to
all that remains yet possible. Do not marry the false brides
of your own name for none here will remember it. Give
yourself a steep anonymity and cast away whatever cane
the fates may afford you. This is how history is born.

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Where are you from?” is no longer a relevant passport.
Sing instead a melody that will live but once in your mouth
and forever be lost. This is how legend is born. It lives but one
night and never speeds the day. It pulls veils across the senses,
amplifies everything that echoes from surrender and reconquer.
This is how your present is born. Live it then alive, and live.


Joseph Gallo
January 30, 2007


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4 Comments:

Blogger Joni parried...

Beautiful poem.

Live it then alive, and live.

Yes!

Great photo's too. I have to say that last photo made me laugh out loud.

March 16, 2007 4:58 AM  
Blogger Joni parried...

That would be "photos" not "photo's" - it's early and I'm not awake yet.

March 16, 2007 5:00 AM  
Blogger billie parried...

Lovely images and compelling words, as usual...

That woman in white photo is quite the trompe l'oeil ...!

(spelling perhaps off and I'm not breaking the spell to go look)

March 16, 2007 6:58 AM  
Blogger Joseph Gallo parried...

Thanks to you both, Joni & Billie.

Yes, photos is as photo's does. LOL
I wasn't awake when I wrote it either.

Only the first image is mine, and while it is actually an Amalfi stunt-double in the Oregon coast, it evokes the establishing mood. (When I eventually get to Italy, it will be replaced with the real thing).

The three middle images were from my collection of provocative fun to look ats.

The last is from Federico Fellini's and depicts Marcello Mastroianni quite comfortable in a rather precarious position. When is a man, in the company of so many strong women, not so? ;-)

March 16, 2007 1:41 PM

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