Tuesday, May 25, 2010

recent forgeries, the captain's verses

miyelo 13, viggo mortensen
met by a lake near the sun
your mouth and arms, eyes
and legs melted as though
we'd known each other well
and needed only rekindle
warmth of the familiar.
as if patience were rewarded
and now we'd share everything.
- stones, viggo mortensen

rachids 5, viggo mortensen
your steady hands
cradling my grateful
skull: were you taking
in my face to
save an image
you've rarely allowed
yourself after leaving
that cold alcove?
am i a photograph
you gaze at in
moments of weakness?

you ordered me
off my knees
into your arms.
wasn't to beg
that i knelt; only
to see you once
from below.
- communion 4, viggo mortensen

In the night we shall go in
to steal
a flowering branch.

We shall climb over the wall
in the darkness of the alien garden,
two shadows in the shadow.

Winter is not yet gone,
and the apple tree appears
suddenly changed
into a cascade of fragrant stars.

In the night we shall go in,
up to its trembling firmament
and your little hands and mine
will steal the stars.

And silently,
to our house,
in the night and the shadow,
with your steps will enter
perfume's silent step
and with starry feet
the clear body of spring.
- the stolen branch, pablo neruda

recent forgeries is a book of poetry, prose, photographs, and paintings by viggo mortensen. it is incredibly inspiring, and i suggest buying a copy of it (or any of his other books). the captain's verses is a collection of poems written by pablo neruda while in exile on the island of capri, and is my favorite of all of his collections.

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