ETYMOLOGIES 1

That the Lithuanian word spelled as dome
means “attention”.

Or lutum,
“mud”. [Isidore I.xxix]

sacrilegium
When the Temple’s
been o’erthrown
take what you can.

So that I live
where things
hold.
‘and I am certainly never sure,
when I hear of some war,

or of some religious excitement,
or of some new manufacture,

or of anything else that fills
the ear of the world,

that it has not all happened
because of something

that a boy
piped

in Thessaly.’
elysee elysee


Hear the Bard

Od. 13.9 [for Charles Segal]

A thousand years
to clarify
these verses. Density unfold,
Demodokos

sung in such
measures;
the song grew rich
by old myth
in new ears.
Wine passed among
aristocrats, the servants
bristling
amid sweat. Women’s lips
and old men’s tears
trained by voice
and kithara.
Hera

jealous among stars’
flick-in-words, wick of candles’
swat, boil in wax
heat, the lamps unburden
dark words fabled round.

A water of sound. A fire of song.
Pindar’s feet move
along with his
dancers’. The heat of song
Orfeo’s,
unpacked in moving
constellations full eyes
cast at.

Apollo hiding his sun.
Hermes aflame in his laughter,
picker of locks,
director. ‘The white cypress’--

map carousel
(you learned it as
infant).

There is a river there.
Prayer and a field,
chant and subterranean
skies
to walk under
as you chant.
Clarities

sounding anemones.

Renew calumny, work
plain speech to strange speech.
Simonides
among sparrows.
The green eyes
in the mesh.
Apollo

hiding his sun.


LZ / ELUSION UNDULY

these poppies
STREWN EXPANSE
in the wheat

(translated from Tom Meyer’s ‘LZ / AUX CHAMPS ELYSEES’)