Thursday, November 06, 2014

and one who is waiting

Sad and foolish, sad and foolish: even those of us who stop to think -- especially us, maybe -- are prone to flukes and spurts of stupid ignorance. But in the mass, it's terrifying: to the historian, counting off genocides on his fingers, it has gone beyond that, to a principle.
O long-awaited, are you nearly here?
Is that your shadow I see from the window,
beginning to cross the field?
I have not labored, I have idled. Oh, I have read, and read, and read: empires and parliaments, poets and explorers, bitter artists and puzzled scientists have been swept into the mulch bag of my sprawling, undisciplined mind. I have more riches in any odd corner of my brain than most yahoos will ever collect in a long gaping life: but what have I done with it all? Even to think of presenting my true account, on His return, is to burn with shame.
Everywhere I look, there are emblems
from years of laboring: nettles
that stung my hands, fronds of palm
 But. It is yet another temptation of idleness, to brood on lost opportunity and the neglect of my Genius. The point is to work here, right here right now, with the tools I have. Because I have wormed my way up to a point of vantage, in spite of all that waste. And there is love to spend still.
.     .     .     I read tonight
that certain moths drink the tears

of sleeping birds, turning sorrow
into sustenance. O long awaited,
I have never left, I am still here.
I am still here, improbable, improbable though that is. I am still here, and my grip is the hand-grip of thirty thanes. I am walking now on that dusky road, with the sudden conviction that even now -- even now -- someone is waiting.

*these verses are from Luisa Igloria's "Wanderer," from Ode to the Heart Smaller than a Pencil Eraser.

4 comments:

Dale said...

As you know, O reader, I am unsuited to writing reviews and I don't write them. But certain books speak to me such that I must have a conversation with them.

Murr Brewster said...

That we may eavesdrop.

Lucy said...

'Because I have wormed my way up to a point of vantage, in spite of all that waste. And there is love to spend still.'

Oh yes, you have, and there is.

Dale said...

:-)