Friday, October 26, 2007

A season to live outside yourself

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Another Empire

One more time I love you.
A leaf that has never fallen, does.
It settles in a place no one sees.

We were like this. You with
the nobility of your blood;
me with piracy on my breath.

There was the way you looked
in the morning, in glasses, dream-
weary, a threshold of possibility.

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I could hold you that way and never
leave my senses. There were a thousand
things about you because a thousand

means numberlessness to a poet.
There were days with end, nights with
endlessnesses that passed like pharaohs.

Autumn thinks it’s summer and
in doing so makes of you a season
to live outside yourself for a time.

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I can no longer curry your voice
and thus I make this season so, in
your honor, in your blessed name.

Remember the tangrams of flesh we
made, temples built of rain and glass?
A mansoon, I was alive inside you.

One more time, I love you.
I fall again, again again.
Another empire misplaced.

Joseph Gallo
October 24, 2007


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2 Comments:

Blogger billie parried...

This one is absolutely stunning. Reminds me of Michael Ondaatje, whose writing I LOVE.

A shelf of Joseph Gallo books would make my year.

November 21, 2007 4:57 PM  
Blogger Joseph Gallo parried...

Ondaatje!

You just made my year! Thank you for the lovely praise and I'm happy you liked this piece, Billie.

You know, I do my work, add the images, make my end of the expression stick by posting it here and the rest is out of my hands.

I don't look at it and think it is either good or bad, simply necessary. So thank you for such praise, again, as it prods me to look with eyes not my own; feel through another's heart.

November 21, 2007 7:58 PM  

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