isn’t bad

isn’t bad

The_Channel_of_Gravelines
‘The Channel of Gravelines, Petit Fort Philippe’ by George Seurat, 1890.

it
isn’t,
but i keep
thinking of you,
any day there
are minutes lost
to you, there are
thoughts that
sink into a flow
under water
that scintillates
in pointillist day,
running under
that sky of water
above, the ladling
skin, towards you,
a shoal of whitebait
that would nibble
you into delight,
and if you say
i shouldn’t think
of you, not think
on you like a gull
brooding
bedraggled
floatsam
on the tide,
i say
it isn’t bad,
i was born to
such long thinking
because i grew
by the flank of
an estuary, its
run of aqua-thought,
all the day, all the
night to peak high,
peak low, to rest
and return
the same driftwood
over.

2 august 2019
riverside

Copyright ©2020 Peter Le Baige.  All Rights Reserved

The music is from ‘Nostalghia’ (1987) by Tōru Takemitsu, here performed by the Moscow Soloists Chamber Orchestra directed by Roman Balashov.

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