Amaterasu (or, on the summer solstice)

[21 June 2019]

It’s funny how time is built by connotation –
Moments made holy by association:
No day, no moment
Can bear the weight of itself, nor can Theros crown herself –
Each day, each moment
Strung together between this and this and the next,
Each passing thought a testament to itself,
A monument to something beyond itself
(Each of its own self-necessity pulls into the light,
Each of its own will stepping lost into the dark,
Never lost, never unknown,
Heard and tried and weighed against itself for itself
And found to be exactly what it is: itself,
A ward against the turning of the seasons and times and tides,
Testifying that the something beyond itself was built and was here
And can be seen and made known and shone upon for its moment, too,
Although it neither be vociferous nor pedantic nor alive for anything else but for this purpose,
It is, indeed, very much alive;
The tides push on in out in out in out against the shoreline,
Uncovering things long hidden in the darknesses,
Dragging broken bottles and paper napkins and old sandals, and other things we try to forget,
Quietly back into their depths),
And each word a cornerstone at the base of a new age –
A cradle and a coffin in one and all the life in-between
Breaking bonds and moulding meaning
On the plate and in the chalice and
In the hallowed space between its two open hands.

Take one last walk with me –
The sun has not yet set.

This post was reblogged at
Haiku from J Richards

15 responses to “Amaterasu (or, on the summer solstice)”

    1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

      Thank you very much!!

  1. orkidedatter avatar

    Nathan, you are beyond the horizon talented❤️and let us take the last walk togheter and let’s put the sun on hold and dance us into the sun’s rays forever with our words to the world❤️
    You are amazing awesome, thank you for being you.
    A big hug from me.
    Enjoy your day.

    1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

      Awww thank you so much! Can we do that??? That sounds lovely!!!!! Have a great weekend!! Thank you for always encouraging and supporting me!!!! <3

      1. orkidedatter avatar

        Ofcourse we can do that my friend….I promise you❤️always a pleasure.
        Enjoy your weekend, I want somewhere in Europe….
        Take good care Nathan.

  2. L.K.Middlebrook avatar

    A really lovely poem. Feels so monumental with the language choices and the subject matter that zooms in and out from micro to macro levels. Really enjoyed it. 😊

    1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it – that was certainly my hope!

  3. tomhudson avatar

    A really great poem, so ethereal and like a stream of consciousness.

    1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

      Thank you for your kind words! I’m so glad you enjoyed 🙂

  4. marenklement avatar

    A beautiful poem!

    1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

      Thank you very much 🙂

  5. richwrapper avatar

    Reblogged this on Commentary, Outrages, Prose and Poetry and commented:
    One of my longtime – and still – ago friends, Bruce Clay Jewett, an haikuist of some note and a general (recently promoted to Lance-
    General I believe, writer of storied shorts and verse very well, well might like as much as I the above work. I have reposted to my second blog, as richwrapper mostly is reserved for the scared – of is that sacred? – seventeen syllables marching in three unequal ranks most of the times. Again, Thanks for the view from your perch. J

    1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

      Thanks for the love!! I’m glad you enjoyed it!!

  6. BoardFlak avatar

    I enjoyed reading this, and especially like the ending.

    1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

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