Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I Miss The Ocean

The snotgreen sea. The scrotumtightening sea.
- James Joyce

Our shells clacked on the plates, my tongue was a filling estuary. My palate hung with starlight as I tasted the salty Pleiades. Orion dipped his foot into the water. Alive and violated they lay on their beds of ice: bivalves-- the split bulb and philandering sigh of the ocean. Millions of them ripped and shucked and scattered. We had driven to that coast through flowers and limestone. And there we were, toasting friendship, laying down a perfect memory in the cool of thatch and crockery. Over the alps, packed deep in hay and snow, the Romans hauled their oysters south to Rome. I saw deep panniers disgorge the frond-lipped, brine-stung glut of privilege, and was angry that my trust could not repose in the clear light, like poetry or freedom leaning in from the sea. I ate the day deliberately, that its tang might quicken me all into verb, pure verb.
- Seamus Heaney

I arrived at the capital, vaguely saturated by fog and rain.
- Pablo Neruda

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