셋 : character of the stream

iiird section of a iv part haibun with full compliments for their renovation into this form going to the amiable ethnomusicologist Daniel Schnee. see the first post for more on this renovation if you went & forgot or are joining me here.

셋 : character of the stream

ascending the stream i grappled vines sinewy as pagan gods / trusted the integrity of branches / most offering me their final ounce of strength to climb a face of rock covered in wet moss / or cross stream polished stones composing the forehead of a waterfall the grip of my boots could not be trusted with / even stones & their neighbours / though seemingly steady / were lightly pressed

as in a game of chess
plotted routes as far as could
be seen ahead of me

/ a woodpecker’s pip like a metronome / sends me back to a pebbly beach in Brighton / one pebble clinked against another / that sound / a person i just met / friend of a friend / explaining the chain of being for grains of sand / once pebbles that were boulders / perhaps the shoulder of a mountain & that the fate of all pebbles / all mountains / was to one day return to sand / i thought this so intensely wise from somebody my age / i carry it with me always / came to me there again heading up stream

the stream was done with me / unlike it / my intellect is fallible / i hoped later on it would lend me more revelations /

instruct me from afar
with memory
& anecdote

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Delightful!

    I like this line in particular:

    “/ a woodpecker’s pip like a metronome / sends me back to a pebbly beach in Brighton / ”

    Speaking of Brighton, have you been to the Royal Pavilion? I saw it in Ian Mckellen’s Richard III (the finest version ever in my mind) and it was quite exotic.

    1. i thought it the most accurate simile. i spent a little time in Brighton but i just spent the time in pubs. i feel you know more about everything than me as i haven’t seen Mckellen do Dick IIi but Ben Whishaw does a good job in The Hollow Crown.

      1. I’m not surprised, pub grub is excellent! I feel the savory pies are the best.

        You must watch Mckellen’s version, it is the perfect balance of modern and vintage. Here is the full movie playlist on Youtube:

        In the second scene (vid 2), the jazz song is set to Marlowe’s Passionate Shepherd and His Love, performed by Stacy Kent, which I felt was an excellent modernized reference to a centuries old poem.

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