The Diary of Shikibu Izumi

[12 June 2019]


There’s something magnetic charismatic even poetic about the way you wrote your own eulogy (rhapsodies and melodies of a forgotten time kept alive by sheer repetition)


so I carved your name into the asphalt by the corner store on October the twenty third at eight-o-clock in the morning


and by noon I had fallen in love with you (and what you say) but I think I had already forgotten your name by that point


but I always felt that there would be more to talk about and more to be heard like rhyme is to time is to dance is to séance (by allegory, and the past can only be conjured so many times)


through piecing together the fragments of an age gone by; telling our story; telling it backwards, while the evening waxed and the moon waned.


6 responses to “The Diary of Shikibu Izumi”

  1. tomhudson avatar

    An intriguing post, indeed. Highly thought-provoking.

  2. orkidedatter avatar

    A piece of a bigger story I hope….

    ..I could feel that line «….I carved your name into the asphalt….»

    vividly written.

    Thank you for sharing your artistic talent with us.

    Bless you.
    I wish you a wonderful day.

    1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

      Thank you, Lillian! 😀 It is definitely part of a larger story… A story that keeps on going… Thanks for your kindness <3

      1. orkidedatter avatar

        My pleasure❤️

  3. johnlmalone avatar

    Certainly unusual, something we all strive for. I like ‘carving your name in the asphalt’. I’ve always been fascinated by asphalt as my previous poem, ‘Higgledy-Piggledy’ suggests 🙂

    1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

      Thanks so much, John! Haha that sounds about right! Thanks for stopping by!

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