Zero, or Mary Magdalene

[22 July 2019]

The sound of wandering footsteps, the footsteps of children,
the place of rain outside of time’s swift blows
(passing without thought between one thing and the next,
unsuspended, untransacted, asking nothing but that it might become something like itself) –
the red of your lips and your blood and the gate against the
white flame of paper (ceremoniously strung between
parallel lines of certainty we had forgotten or lost faith in during a former age)
guiding lost desires back to a state of sempiternal simplicity,
conjured up from a time gone by – an arcane relic of atemporality;
the line grows thin here,
plumbing the deepnesses, wavering the shallows,
unmasking a deep-seated longing to belong somewhere safe
and whole, an icon of fragments, an offering of coffee spoons
shored up into something soft and gentle:
a place of prayer (unsanctioned and sacred),
a breath a breath and a breath,
exposed, shared, shorn, laid bare, unlocked and unguarded
passing hidden and birthing hallowed between two caving chests
while the sea rises and the moon falls and all the lights go out.

9 responses to “Zero, or Mary Magdalene”

  1. tara caribou avatar

    oh my goodness. How you paint such pictures in my mind. Such simple lines that aren’t actually simple at all.

    1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

      Thank you, Tara! That means so much! That’s exactly what I hope for 🙂

  2. orkidedatter avatar

    How are you doing that…..
    You touch every veins in my body and it is like they crawling to come out and just want to embrace your words… forever… let me be in your ink….
    It is a pleasure to visit your blog and read your words Nathan, thank you for being YOU❤️
    I still have to catch my breath…
    Take care❤️

    1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

      Thank you, Lillian! I love that image! I might have to use that in a poem someday! It is very beautiful! Thank you for your sweet words and I’m glad you enjoyed it! <3 <3

      1. orkidedatter avatar

        You are always kindly welcome my friend❤️
        Please, do that.. I am so grateful that we can inspired each other.
        Thank you❤️
        Enjoy your day.

  3. kristianw84 avatar

    You are seriously my new favorite poem!! Gahh!! so beautiful!! <3 <3

    1. kristianw84 avatar

      oops, that was supposed to say you are my new favorite poet… but you’re just as lovely as a poem! <3

      1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

        Hahahahahaha Kristian! I laughed so hard reading this!!!! I was so confused! I had never been called a “poem” before but I was very honoured!! Haha! But seriously thank you for your kind words!! It means a lot and I’m glad you liked it! After a week off, I feel refreshed and ready to write!! <3 <3 <3

        1. kristianw84 avatar

          Haha!!! I’m glad it made you laugh, & I’m also glad you’re back!! I hope you had a good week off though!

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