The Little Fete

after Vangelis

“I take a bottle of wine,
and I go drink it
among the flowers.

“We are always three,
counting my shadow and my friend
the shimmering moon.

“Happily, the moon knows nothing
of drinking and my shadow
is never thirsty.

“When I sing,
the moon listens to me
in silence.

“When I dance
my shadow dances, too.

“After all festivities,
the guests must depart.
This sadness I do not know:

“when I go home,
the moon goes with me
and my shadow follows me.”

Where will I
find such beauty
in this hollow land?

The sudden loss
strikes me like
a gingko leaf

falling softly
to the quiet
patient earth.

 

3 comments

  1. MAH,

    After reading this this morning, I happened to read some of Rimbaud’s Illuminations this afternoon. There was immediate recognition; it was not chance that lend me to Rimbaud after reading your “Little Fete” – it was “Little Fete” wanting to join her brothers and sisters. 🙂

    MSS

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  2. Mark,

    You picked lovely lyrics to quote.

    Li Po’s lyrics inspired me to write a poem called
    “A Date with Li Po” It was posted at the original Peaceful Pub. After the
    holidays, I will post it on this site too.

    Your poem makes me want to listen to the music Vangelis composed for those lyrics.
    Santa’s impending visit keeps me from it tonight, but it’s on my to do list.

    Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas.

    Sarah

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  3. Hi Mark

    Beautiful and poignant, I really enjoyed reading this poem. Love the images cast in this piece and especially the last few lines –

    Where will I
    find such beauty
    in this hollow land?

    The sudden loss
    strikes me like
    a gingko leaf

    falling softly
    to the quiet
    patient earth.

    Sometimes the realization of what we have and what we have lost, how alone we can become, is subtle and it hits us like that” gingko leaf falling softly into the quiet, patient earth. Solitude has both sides, serene content and often a reflective awareness of loss, an erupting sense of longing.

    Thank you for this,
    Happy New Year
    Wendy

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