RESURRECTION

MARINA





Quis hic locus,quae

regio,quaemundi plaga

What seas what shores what grey rocks and what islands

What water lapping the bow

And scent of pine and the woodthrush singing through the fog

What images return

O my daughter.

Those who sharpen the tooth of the dog, meaning

Death

Those who glitter with the glory of the humming bird. meaning

Death

Those who sit in the sty of contentment, meaning

Death

Those who suffer the ecstasy of the animals, meaning

Death

Are become unsubstantial, reduced by a wind,

A breath of pine, and the woodsong fog

By this grace dissolved in place

What is this face, less clear and clearer

The pulse in the arm, less strong and stronger-

Given or lent?more distant than stars and nearer than the eye

Whispers and small laughter between leaves and hurrying feet

Under sleep where all waters meet.

Bowsprit cracked with ice and paint cracked with heat,

I made this, I have forgotten

And remember.

The rigging weak and the canvas rotten

Between one June and another September.

Made this unknowing, half conscious, unknown, my own

The garboard strake leaks, the seams need caulking.

This form, this face, this life

Living to live in a world of time beyond me; let me

Resign my life for this life, my speech for that unspoken,

The awakened, lips parted, the hope, the new ships

What seas what shores what granite islands towards my timbers

And woodthrush calling through the fog

My daughter.

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