Monday, April 11, 2011

Love by love we learn

Gnossienne Number One

Life is like a swan
Gently gliding on
Slowly passing by and then
It turns to look and then gone

Love is like a cat
Partly this and that
Purring to the touch until
It disappears and that’s that

The rain retreats
The city streets
Are empty
As dusk descends
The music ends
And nothing


A million stars turn on their tiny lamps
The roof tops gleam
In smoke and steam
It’s moonrise
A wave spreads out as evening sirens walk
They seek to make
What give can take
The tide sighs

The town returns
All that it yearns
A voice calls
The alleyways
Begin their plays
As night falls


This is how we live
Grieving all we give
Love by love we learn
Half of life is if

The bells have stopped
The doors are locked
We’re closing
The shades are drawn
The tramps have gone
They’re dozing


A million stars burn out their tiny lamps
The river dreams
As then it seems
To stand still
A watchman strolls a dock to wait it out
With no regret
We just forget
The tide spills

The dawn returns
A new sun yearns
The birds sing
The nightman leaves
A child believes
In something.

Music by Erik Satie
Lyrics by Joseph Gallo
April 5, 2011

Éric Alfred Leslie Satie
(b. May 17, 1866, Honfleur ~ d. July 1, 1925, Paris)


Blogger Cathie parried...

This is exquisitely haunting. Needs to be sung by a whisky voice in the wee hours. I'm smitten.

April 11, 2011 2:30 PM  
Blogger Joseph Gallo parried...

Thanks, Cathie. I was thinking a husky breathy Parisian female voice. But Tom Waits-like might work, too. Smite on! :-)

April 13, 2011 10:35 AM  
Blogger Cathie parried...

You're the one doing the smiting, mighty Dragon Slayer!

April 13, 2011 6:54 PM  
Blogger Joseph Gallo parried...

Yes, I got that. I just wanted to write, Smite on! ;-)

April 13, 2011 8:46 PM  
Blogger Cathie parried...

Hm... Write, wrote, written. Smite, smote, smitten.

Write on!!

April 13, 2011 11:21 PM  
Blogger Joseph Gallo parried...

Check & mate! Bravo, Cathie. :-)

April 15, 2011 11:38 AM  
Blogger Cathie parried...

The pen is mightier than the sword. ;-)

April 15, 2011 1:58 PM  
Blogger Joseph Gallo parried...

The swan is mightier than the stork. :-)

April 16, 2011 6:52 PM  
Blogger Cathie parried...

The spoon is mightier than the fork.

April 16, 2011 7:14 PM  
Blogger Joseph Gallo parried...

But only if you're having soup. Spaghetti is another matter entirely, dear. ;-)

April 16, 2011 9:33 PM  
Blogger Cathie parried...

Mm, I wasn't really thinking of food...

April 16, 2011 10:09 PM  
Blogger miamizsun parried...

i agree with cathie, it is exquisite.

April 18, 2011 3:22 PM  
Blogger Joseph Gallo parried...

Cathie: LOLOL I like how you think.

Miami: Thanks, my brother. Hope you are well, Mr. J!

April 19, 2011 12:05 PM  
Blogger Kyle parried...

The Rolex of word work, Joseph. Bejeweled.

April 22, 2011 7:57 PM  
Blogger Joseph Gallo parried...

I suppose I'll have to watch that, eh, Kyle? ;-) Thanks for the comment.

April 25, 2011 10:00 AM  

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