vesper bird

vesper bird

Silk scroll painting of a blackbird from the Edo period, Japan, circa 17th century; the artist is not credited here. Image sourced from

a blackbird
was tying up
the evening sky
the very last
of the light
in twists of
knots that
and told a
of the ear
a beauty
eyes had
not seen
of the day
nor the
ear heard
in the thickets
of word where
no song

midnight, 20 august 2013

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The music is from Le Merle noire (The Blackbird), for flute and piano (1952) by French composer Olivier Messiaen, performed in this recording by Kenneth Smith on flute & Matthew Schellhorn on piano; taken from the album, ‘Messiaen: Chamber Works’.

hymn of the soul pearl

hymn of the soul pearl
to Robbie Louis Stevenson, inspired by his story
‘The Beach of Falesá’

Return to Paradise Beach I
I shall make for the islands…with a sun’s fall remaining…Image sourced from & attributed to Andrew Moore on Flickr.

i shall
make for the
islands when
my days are
only afternoon’s
cloud banks low
on ocean.
only there
with a sun’s
fall remaining
to the hour
shall i find
calm faced
on all points
of desire’s compass
with a vastness
of equal measure
to the unknownness
of this self,

a little land
in a great sea.
enough to gather
sticks, dry leaves
of outlived seasons
to burn in
dreaming flame
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