Marble & Stained-glass
- was bleibet aber
splinters of a mind mixed
with a second chaos. were there someone
to tell me
about Hölderlin’s tower,
about the destroyed city. and s alone.
for chaotic is the order till through the windows
the stained-glass shines with the Sun. Greece
is an old light. to gather flowers;
adonises, does it matter? the fires of hell
at dawn, calm, touched my eyelids,
and worth is in the law – that which will remain
would not be enough. it is a broken glass
glittering on the ground. greece
is far away, from the archipelago, we have the pleiad’s names
extinguished in the sky. Naked names,
if at a distance still glitter splinters
of a mind’s beautiful stained-glass,
i sing adoneus if
there were water from a white fountain,
i’d refuse. to b alone,
the memory of Eden, be it a lie.
it is a lie the broken memory. They say
once upon a time there was a man
who rescued himself from the swamp
who pulled himself out by the hair. And who
would not pull out the most beautiful of returns? Greece
is difficult. humming with a tongue
of fire, the dream melts icy and in light.
i call a name to call
the other. what have I done?
start up, see who walks by you.
where are your friends?
i dug out a word, i pruned the word off it,
i run the negative course. down below
s the divine stained-glass. yet
from what depths will you come, Sun-God,
when the snow covers our daffodils
and the clouds are the night of the world?
And yet with lightening are retinas burnt.
there is but one cure for the equinoxes,
god-of-Easter, to sing the beauty of Chartres,
to fix sighs sub-rosa on the retinas
of the eyes of the dead who see the nothingness, of the living
who see the light
of their gods and are blinded,
who saw ideas in the echo of rhymes and sing.
Miguel Monteiro Sena was born in Viseu the day Samuel Beckett died He is a student of Classical Studies and Philosophy at the Faculty of Letters, University of Coimbra Believes Latim should be a living language Suffers from a pathological case of philhellenism Will marry Nikos Kazantzakis Founding member of the Origem da Comédia association Blog Pedra da Ponte.