Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Published in Cattails: Premier Edition: January 2014




http://www.unitedhaikuandtankasociety.com/37=134.html

In Darkness and In Light: A Colaboration
Sergio Oritz, Puerto Rico
Sonam Chhoki, Bhutan


I was the sin,
a wild horse galloping
from the horizon—
everything I saw
was spoken into her ear


she was a tightrope
walker, the enduring smell
of a snuffed candle—
facing a certain wind
she was always in danger


now that I'm done
with the malicious idea
of what is eternal,
it is easy for me to look back
at what’s destroyed


we stand
in a hall full of exits
reeking
of invisible tremors
and bloated corpses


birds covet
the seeds of the honey locust—
I don’t protest
as she lays me down
on the cold, bitter ground


certain losses
are irreparable—
hard seeds
in a field made fallow
by a fire set long ago


wounds
hollow and unrecognizable—
the husks of ships,
sheets of dark water
ghosts of what has been lost


leaves shift
as we fade into a pattern
of grass and shadow,
return elated and haunted
to a dark sunrise by the ocean


the fibers
that knit us to the old—
origami
another side of silence,
the breaking of sphinxes


I am a river
that flows past
the city . . .
its soft moaning song
of a child, a belonging


I said,
it's like lifting a cello
out of its case—
“but what do I know
of love's lonely offices”

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