Ganymede

[7 June 2019]

A human, a man
Ostensibly
Standing
Perched between two sets of railway ties
Hovering without touching the ground

Your suspended sentience mimics
The muddled clarity of the lines of a Malfatti
Or a Hepworth
Signifying
Something ethereal
Wholly new and timeless
And weighty
A boy
Pushing into something far more significant
Than into the doing of jurisprudence
Being alive

The essence
Of Andromeda
Of
The Pleiades
Dealing in abstraction
With
The only
Taste
Wanting
The interminable
Theories of cardinal
FIRE
Mutable beyond a phenomenology textbook
Cognisant of the extent to which it is fabricated
Between
Nothing at all
Except the 2 AM look in your eyes.

9 responses to “Ganymede”

  1. thecultofanne avatar

    I especially like “the 2 AM look in your eyes.” It says so much to me.

    1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

      Thank you very much 🙂

  2. orkidedatter avatar

    Wow, I read your words twice, and the end, how can I put it in English… I love it, I could really feel it…and for me who reads it means so much to me.
    Thank you for being you.
    I wish you a wonderful day, and I looking forward to more of your magic words..
    🦋

    1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

      Thank you so much, Lillian! I’m so glad you connected with it. That’s exactly what a writer wants to hear and you have warmed my heart 🙂

      1. orkidedatter avatar

        My pleasure.
        But you know that when the author of the words is good, very good, then you move the reader as I think it should be, and you do it with me, and you hit me in the heart when you say I have warmed your heart, thank you.

  3. MondayGrey avatar

    Any chance you’ve read the Cherie Priest series? If not, you should. Starts with Boneshaker and Ganymede is in there somewhere. Off-topic of this poem, but it reminded me of it for obvious reasons. lol I so enjoy your poetry. It’s like breathing in cerebral flora.

    1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

      Ooooh I haven’t read that yet! I will definitely take a look! It sounds very intriguing!

      And thank you! Cerebral flora… I like that 🙂

  4. kristianw84 avatar

    Wow!!! Nathan!!! This is phenomenal!!!!! I especially love the last line!!

    1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

      Thanks, Kristian! I’m glad you liked it!!

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