Il y a un an

[13 June 2019]

The note of self-same strings struck,
Plucked, and tell something just beyond the tune
Of autonomous knowing and self-knowing; fires
(The tone is richer for it);
A story, a longing, just beyond reach,
Over the bridge and beyond the water
Bearer, beyond the reach of the scales of justice
Or the serpent or the lion’s breath weighing all things in kind
(The sun rises from the mouths of the fish and is born from the house of the dead);
So, too, do all things return to your mind:
For each its own and for each
It finds
Something lingering just on the cusp of the soon,
The almost, the tantalising that drives and delves and digs and dwells
Down nearly dissonanting desires,
The should-be
Something unsaid,
Holding out the promising hauntingness that more
May be found, though pinched and stung and run through are yet undefiled,
The goat and the hunter, the two minds reconciling as one.

15 responses to “Il y a un an”

  1. L.K.Middlebrook avatar

    I really enjoyed this. Your language is wonderful. “Something lingering just on the cusp of the soon,” is just the most incredible phrase. Great job. 🙂

    1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

      Thank you very much! I’m glad you enjoyed it! I was very happy with that phrase as well. And thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! It always means so much.

  2. calmkate avatar

    deep, it sounds like you are on a search

    1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

      Thank you. I suppose that is true, after a fashion!

      1. calmkate avatar

        aren’t we all 🙂

  3. orkidedatter avatar

    Are you a living dictionary? fascinated by your words and how you use them.
    To me, these words, or how I interprets your words it has a deeper meaning….
    I wish you a wonderful day.

    1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

      Oh I don’t know about that! But you are so so sweet and you make me feel very blessed! I love when people come up with many interpretations to my work!
      I hope you have the best day!

      1. orkidedatter avatar

        Thank you Nathan, you are always kindly welcome..
        (My «chain letter» is coming out in a few minutes…)

        1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

          Oooh I can’t wait to see it!

          1. orkidedatter avatar

            It is out now… well, I don’t know, you challenge me well…. but I love it.

  4. The Silly-Savvy Salopian avatar

    Great use of repetition and alliteration, and in a very similar style to my own poems – think we must have the same DNA, except that you got an extra bit enabling you to diversity into different languages. Unfortunately, I’ve only got to grips with English. Very much enjoying your posts.

    1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

      Thank you! I really enjoy your work as well! It really does have some similar vibes! Can’t wait to read more of your stuff as well!

  5. Claire avatar

    Your poetry is beautiful, I’m so glad I ran across it…the French in the title caught my eye. Thank you for sharing, I’ll be reading more for sure.

    1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

      Thank you so much! I am glad to have run across yours as well!

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