Monday, 28 November 2011

For the faraway one

Distant girl,
tell me,
as you move
in preferred orbits
do you encounter constellations
as yet unmarked on celestial maps,
are u bathed in stardust
and moonlight,
does it glance off your heart
in unbelievable angles?
are you accompanied by angels
or other-worldly butterflies
with luminous wings?
in that vast silence
does memory abandon you,
do you not hear melodies
forbidden in galactic commerce,
is movement slow
or dizzyingly fast?
tell me,
intangible being
that shines and blinks and disappears
and returns again and again,
are there flowers up there where you belong,
and tell me also
what brand names mark the perfumes
you will not share with me?

[from the collection 'The Underside of Silence', shortlisted for the Gratiaen Award 2008]


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