Five Branch Tree





  • ..........That the absence of the sun
    Is not the cause of Night--
    .....Forasmuch as this light is
    ...............So great 

    ..........It may illuminate the Earth
    all over at once..........but
    .....That Night is brought on
    ..............By the 
    .. 
    ........Influence of dark Stars--
    That ray out darkness upon
    .....The Earth, as the sun
    ..............Does Light. 

    ..........--José Garcia Villa



    ( As adapted from The Notebooks
    of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, vol 1 )











  • ....What potion should I give the night so she?ll always wonder?
    ....Her pounding heart?s a rider galloping from the burning wood.

    ....Maybe my pharmacist is awake the next street over?
    ....In a crucible of? bone, snake tears mixed with herbs.

    ....Should I hurry? Call the doctor? A heart like hers is rare.
    ....And to tell the truth, if it shattered, what would I do?

    ....--Abraham Sutzkever (trans by Zackary Sholem Berger)


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  • Forever falling night is a known
    Star and country to the legion
    Of sleepers whose tongue I toll
    To mourn his deluging
    Light through sea and soil
    And we have come
    To know all
    Places
    Ways
    Mazes
    Passages
    Quarters and graves
    Of the endless fall.
    Now common lazarus
    Of the charting sleepers prays
    Never to awake and arise
    ................For the country is the heart?s size



    [ from Vision & Prayer; Dylan Thomas ]











  • When all my five and country senses see,
    The fingers will forget green thumbs and mark
    How, through the halfmoon's vegetable eye,
    Husk of young stars and handfull zodiac,
    Love in the frost is pared and wintered by,
    The whispering ears will watch love drummed away
    Down breeze and shell to a discordant beach,
    And, lashed to syllables, the lynx tongue cry
    That her fond wounds are mended bitterly.
    My nostrils see her breath burn like a bush.  
    My one and noble heart has witnesses
    In all love's countries, that will grope awake;
    And when blind sleep drops on the spying senses,
    The heart is sensual, though five eyes break. 
    ....-- Dylan Thomas









  • [ Cat in Moonlight  ; Théophile Alexandre Steinlen (1900) ]........