(Muted) Snake River Contrasts IV . . . from Brownlee Reservoir, Northeast Oregon / Idaho

(Muted) Snake River Contrasts IV . . . from Brownlee Reservoir, Northeast Oregon / Idaho . . . [ click photo for next . . . ]
On the road in the Northwest of America.

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3 poems by Gerrit Achterberg, translated
from the Dutch . . .


Words going backwards
are on their way to you:
so that you may hear
your ears are gone.

Sentences inside out
because your knowing is gone.
Song to surround you
stone against stone.


Against the sounding board of the night
your words still move.
Everything that you have said
remains alive in the sound of chords
that I encounter only in darkness
when the silences hear
that have been put up between us.


No death manifests in the number
that connected the two of us.
Nothing is in the apparatus
other than the hissing of eternity.

Perhaps that the opening of an eye
will repeat itself, a trembling
of silk, that has not yet passed away,
and that still wishes to be audible,

o sign, that you have survived,
to have found a place in the ring
figures of my assurance.

Gerrit Achterberg (1905 - 1962)
(all tr. CLIFF CREGO)

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