I am on the quay watching the progressing
The night is large here on this expanse
of grey concrete by the lagoon
with its fog-promising wind.
The dark patch on the moon has reached
almost the half of it, red moon they said
and showed how it had been
black-veined red embers in an orb
like in a camp-fire you could
while chatting after dinner.
They said next time will be in
And this is what brought me here,
standing and staring
Twenty years. This can be the last time.
One of the many last
Its still early, the night is quiet
but behind me I hear
crowding the streets, children stamping,
clapping, with that feeling
of cheers like at the end of the year.
black patch is progressing further.
But no red embers yet. The night is
long and vast.
Last times take all their time to last.
TO THE MEETING
Its here the haze
of the grey spindrift of this
Haze and roar spreading on the tarmac
even before the end
of the avenue.
A huge breath of damp light into the pines
and on the
hotel white walls the invisible
audiences uninterrupted clapping.
The swooping clamour of hearing eyes.
A flashing forwardness.
are going to it, for the umpteenth
and first time.
At the relentless
You were here once as a desire only
then as a body after
nodding at the brewing, foamy crowd,
at the swelling, seeping,
The mothers. Whatever.
The leash now pulls more
you are almost running.
The wholeness of it,
on this morning of sea calm,
autumnal sunlight, the mellow
slanted spots a-glitter.
You want with
to simply match its own
that is a pointed knife
You want to open a gash
into it and taste the harsh
quiet skin, the salt in its hush.
When touched it reveals
of an eels heart.
But the wholeness.
the sparks of its hues.
The painter you are not
knows he should
stand in it, stand
until his last breath
the brush of his soul.
A city child against your will.
See yourself as a
five-year-old in your grandparents
country home kitchen on Sunday
the Sunday of every leaving,
you sat sniffing on that wooden
by the window, you were leaving that
and the mountain outside
that you wanted
to explore for ever and heather,
curtains between this
alcove of a room and the scullery.
There was all you wanted
on that rough texture, that smile of golden
it was a sober, quiet landscape even if
there were deer hunters
hills shepherds chestnut trees,
and a setting sun well settled,
for the next rich autumn.
ON THE SEAFRONT STONES
Late winter, the sun already fairly high at noon,
expanding luminosity we know well,
it will grow to a fierce point
will be blandished only by the seas hand.
We walk by a row of
are hauled up, massive hulls in mid-air,
repainting them, we smell
the thick, sharp and bitter tang of tar on wood,
the whites, reds and greens of the paint in the sunlight
sting with the ready horizon.
Most of the shops are still closed, light and shadows
our steps in an airy hush, the bollards
face the waterline in a lions
glowing in the salt of their lightened silence.
You point at
the clear, transparent water washing the pier,
its mint and turquoise-green
letting us see
the anchors and ropes on the bottom
and the pebbles, big
And the piers pavement: stone slabs
like amber skin,
smoothed down by ages of wind.
We walk them step after long step
the rise towards the church
with from house to house shots of sunlit
I breathe and gaze at the ochre scarred plaster
withstood whatever came
from out there
and that simply stares
is stared back
by the plain force that has no barrier.