Les Nga Tai

"pour qu’en rentrant la nuit dans notre chamber nous acceptions l’inacceptable."
János Pilinszky

hymn for Les Nga Tai

beloved
it was
what you expected

being
recesses
from north

burning ground

horses
height of clouds

throne
of flesh
under stars

disappearing
into dark

star
thresh
go down
to water

see spectre
shadows
conceive
in circle
beloved

make earth
tremble

divine
heart of sea

fingertips
touching face

beloved

after arrows
aimed

seed

stone

come
cast out
bodies

approaching

salvage slowly
time

beloved
walk in flesh

solemn
as stone

for time
to come

for time
to come

spheres
splintered

beloved
burning

understood utterly
this
that
what
when

beloved
birds
break
beautiful things
with beaks

worlds pass
away

stone to stone
enter

mist
come out

cast out
fire

beloved
you are weary

hear howls
coming from clouds

time to come

time to come

time
tears torso

beast

depth
to
depth

breath branch
& forest
beloved

cruel
concise

birds fly
over fields
of flesh

turning wing
towards
totem

sound
deliberate
divine

matter

bell
birds

bring

slivers

splinter

particles

dance
as door

to extinction
delivered

Christopher Barnet

Christopher Barnet

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