This is the first in a wonderful series of poems that I hope my brothers & sisters of the Ether will read and contemplate. Let Simonhilly know what you think about them. I’m still mulling…
- The Giving of Names Part 2 (simonhilly.com)
- A Boon of Dandelions 3 (keithwaynebrown.com)
- Remaining Alcibiades: An Experiment in Neo-Haibun Journaling (keithwaynebrown.com)
- A Beautiful Day… April 05 (sittinginthewoods.com)
- Gauguin’s Washerwomen (namingconstellations.wordpress.com)
- Even more names, names, names (loiselden.com)
I promised 47whitebuffalo that I would write something on the names of ancient Celtic tribes. This is not exactly what I originally had in mind, but it is how things seem to be arriving in these early grey deserts of pre-dawn!
THE GIVING OF NAMES (a beginning)
The day alights wrapped in cloud,
A gift given to memory.
Trees wait, their eyes lidded,
Savouring those names rich and round –
The roots and seeds so swallowed,
Buried, taken up, changed.
Hollow sweet, the pierced song:
The puffed, cold-breasted birds
Chant, waiting for warmth.
Huddled all, by the crackled fickle flames,
( shapes and faces, laughter, even).
The light is hungry for names.
It reaches behind ice-stiffened grasses,
Bitter ivy and brown yarrow.
Lost in fog and short horizons are we,
Diminished at each forgetting.
Remote, aimless paths are the paths we move
Without their remembrance.
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