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“Held in Audience”

Dyson_Sphere_by_capnhack

“Held in Audience”

And from the micro to the macro, we come to points of rising suns
That bring catharsis to the eyes, buds burning of pure numinosum
Held in audience, thrall from so much beauty to be gleaned,
Heard among the many who have come
To see the dance, the movement, all that is a simple evensong.
Well, who can hesitate with so little time to breathe? After all,
They are so clandestine and yet so publicly installed
As when in the course of minutes, experience—no mere trophy of the wronged—
Grants extreme unction to what they want because, recalled
To life en masse, their tastes and knowledge equal—the one,
the other—here at once; the celestial rotogravure
Ensures that no soul remains aloof from beauty’s torments’ burned
Doubtless in doubt but that one has the wherewithal to withdraw
From propriety in favour of purpose in such polite society. Yes, well ,
do you really think the Buddha took the night off
From time to time to shake down bread while His saints soared aloft?

“Quite By Accident”

Portrait de Stendhal par Silvestro Valéri © Bibliothèque municipale de Grenoble

“Quite By Accident”

Quite by accident one chilling snowy winter’s eve
In my youngest years I sat me down to read, and what was there
Was cumbersome at fifteen, but with time to spare
I let myself begin another novel’s reading, one sleeve
To the other. Written by the French,
The dusty tome concerned horrific hopes within a youth
In an older France who from his rural boots and uncouth
Raw beginnings set store in wealth to the very core and stench
Of Royal Louie’s of the day. The content of the book
Was not then nor even now a particular account,
But what was there had stuck a sticking point and still amounts
As much as talismans and strong elixirs when in the light of age I look
Again, and behold effects of Stendhal’s subtle registration
That it’s best to hold the tongue till one is truly questioned.

Red moth

…Portrait de Stendhal [above] par Silvestro Valéri…