For Hyacinthus

[12 August 2019]

Once around the bend we go,
once again we go
feeling fingers longingly stretched out long past the joints and skin and connective tissues,
moulding meaning from the dust of the earth and the breath of our lungs
pushing deeper and deeper into an abstraction so long idealised we forgot it was once desire;
the sun sets through tangles of ivy at the corner of Fire Street and Coll Net,
silent, serene, lost in the tumble of time stolen and misspent,
(crumpled up and folded in back pockets and pocket squares and chocolate squares
gone through the wash one too many times,
the pen bled from inside to inside to side to outside,
marbled and mumbled and jumbled into a language all its own,
slipped between hands and pressed between lips until it takes on a new life),
the original language lost and transformed into the prima materia of a new age,
an age of motion, of solace, of fire woven in-between the blades of grass that crown your head.

The moon slips from behind his veil, showing his gentler side,
the sign of white sheets and white nights and amber skin
spread lazily across hill and treetop, flame takes flight,
swallowing subtly and sublimating sincerity until they are both subsumed
into the sacred dance of sight somewhere between the
oak and the ash.

29 responses to “For Hyacinthus”

  1. NZain avatar

    Yay! I’ve missed you! 😊 I like how you mention street names in your writings—a weaving of the ethereal visions with the real world. Brilliant.

    1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

      Thank you, Nina!!! I’m glad to be back!!! And thank you! I like weaving together abstractions with specifics! Looking forward to catching up on your site!

  2. kristianw84 avatar

    Another beautifully, moving piece!!

    1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

      Thank you so much, as usual!!! 🙂

      1. kristianw84 avatar

        You’re most welcome! By the way, I paid you some recognition on my latest post. My pingbacks don’t seem to be working. 😔

        1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

          Thank you for bringing this to my attention! I was literally just about to read your post and you are SO SWEET. Gosh. Thank you!!! It means so much to me 😭😭😭 <3 <3

          1. kristianw84 avatar

            My pleasure, my friend!! ❤❤❤

  3. Kate's Bookshelf avatar

    Oh yes. This is summer and memories and the golden afternoon light. Magic, Nathan. Pure magic. Another favorite. I need a collection of your work. 😁 and as othes will say, missed your writing, too.

    1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

      Thank you!!!! You are always so sweet to me! I’m glad you liked it 🙂 And yes, I’m glad to be back! It feels good! And I will respond to your email soon! 😀

      1. Kate's Bookshelf avatar

        Oh I really loved it. I’m in that nature and.. I don’t know, earthy poetry these days. I think it’s because it’s summer and you smell the aliveness. Everything is so alive and green and growing and just exploding out!

        1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

          Earthy poetry has been my vibe recently, too!!!

          1. Kate's Bookshelf avatar

            I think it must be the weather. Early touches of fall and late summer are here where I live

          2. Nathan AM Smith avatar

            Oh so jealous!!! I can’t wait for fall!

          3. Kate's Bookshelf avatar

            It was brief, now back to our regularly scheduled program of 90+. Bleh

  4. tara caribou avatar

    I’ve missed reading your work! I hope you’re back again… beautiful, magical poem. I felt carried off.

    1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

      Thank you! I am finally back, I believe! I missed writing and I missed reading your work as well!!

      1. tara caribou avatar

        You know…. I recorded an audio reading of one of your poems, I was going to look on your site for your email to send it to you.

        1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

          Tara!! Oh my gosh. You are so sweet! I would be so honoured to hear that if you wouldn’t mind sending it to me! Shoot me an email from my contact page and I will reply with my email address! You are too sweet!!

          1. tara caribou avatar

            Sounds good! Will do…

  5. orkidedatter avatar

    …and you made me believe in magic again❤️

    1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

      Oh yay! That’s exactly what I wanted 🙂 You always know how to bring a smile to my face!

      1. orkidedatter avatar

        My pleasure, Keep smiling my friend, and make you a great day…

  6. Sylvester Van-Johnson avatar

    Beautiful. Great appeal.

  7. Jeffrey Nemzin avatar

    You are a very intelligent person!

    1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

      Thank you very much!

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