The Immense Dawn
The Immense Dawn

THE  IMMENSE  DAWN
The Early Poems

1959-1967

    Flown up
    from the deep valley darkness
    a bird alights
    upon the narrow bridge
    of the heart, alone,
    to await the immense dawn.

     

WHEREVER  YOU  ARE

    Wherever you are,
    Walk out into twilight
    And gaze at the blue
    Long enough until you hear it.
    Then breathe in deeply, deeply,
    Until you have drained
    The last blue sound
    Into your soul.
    Then close your eyes
    And listen to the color
    Fade within you.
    When you are invisible
    And have grasped the meaning,
    Open your eyes,
    And gently, let them go
    .

     

WISDOM  OF  CHILDHOOD

    A man's ignorance grows
    Once the years project
    A clarity so remarkable,
    Into his visions,
    He cannot recall
    The wisdom of his childhood.

     

THE  EDGE  OF  DREAM

    Deep in my soul,
    a lost fawn is sleeping
    in a winter forest,
    how soon until love
    cries out
    from beyond the edge of dream?

     

WHERE  NO  SPRINGS  BLOW

    I'll take my visions wandering
    Past the ghosted air of cities,
    Past the billion fireflies weaving
    Through darkness below,
    To the serene and empty air
    Where no seas peril our chains and shores
    And no springs blow

     

YOU AND I

    Come, my love, let's not
    be sad.  Nothing will harm us.
    Look - the moon is slowly
    drifting westward.  Venus
    is going down on the horizon.
    The milky way grows dim.  Soon
    it will be dawn.

    Don't bother
    about the great questions,
    you and I are eternal enough.

     

SICILY

    In the deep of night
    you speak of biting insects
    and passing fishingboats,
    at least if you were to say
    the heavens are opened
    and God is watching us
    I would know how to answer.

     

CAPRI

    While you soundly
    dream in moonlight,
    drifting muted
    through the leaves
    are the cries
    of wild animals.

     

FIESOLE

    Why worry - even
    the insects don't know
    about this field
    of blue and yellow
    wildflowers.

     

LIPARI

    On the beach
    at evening
    everything I hear
    speaks.

     

LOVE

    And when love, as the sea,
    invades the obscure flesh
    and coils around those stones
    from where you once towered
    over the heart, you now lay
    shipwrecked in the bottom
    of your ecstasy, as alone and nameless
    as seaweed on the sand.

     

FORTUNE  TELLER

    Ah you, fortune teller, pure one,
    Looking straight into your lantern
    To what lies between fate and our existence.


    The moment is instantaneous and fading
    Through the planes of experience
    Up the slopes of the background
    to ghostly aqueducts and the springs of memory,
    Diving under to the stars within -
    The stars of soul.


    These are the eyes opened toward their destiny.
    And when sometimes you gaze into them,
    We think you weep.

     

CAROUSEL

    After you have been mounted
    and start up within the circle
    of spectators
    every now and then you come and go
    like images of childhood
    fading away only to return . . . and fade
    and yet again return and slip away,
    ever fleeting and imperceptible
    on the more slowly turning earth.


    Sometimes in the sound of laughter faraway
    you awaken from your dream,
    wearily gaze outside
    to what infinitely whirls around you -
    and when you have grown dizzy
    in not catching sight of it, you yawn
    and close your eyes . . . and ever still
    and ever motionless, you go back to sleep.

     

TO MICHELANGELO - DAVID

    You had to distill a legend
    and extract an infinite thing
    more flawless than a swan . . .


    Yet he was ever swift
    until you slowed him down
    to absolute stillness,
    making him, effortlessly
    in his tension,


    pause,
    as though he were dissolving
    into the image of his own beauty.

     

O

    O.
    I hear your silence
    speak to me through steady undertones.
    Your finer lens
    illuminates my hidden sanctuary.


    Soul
    breathes in sacred rhythm
    and a bell echoes.
    Clear reflections
    ripple on the dawns of vast plateaux.


    All
    boundaries implode.
    Life moves around
    a spiral cycle
    vacuumed lightly in the void.


    Pupils
    flawlessly align
    a mirror with the temples.
    Universe is ours to know
    in the few square inches of the brain.


    Image
    speeds along synaptic walls
    flashing in slow-motion.
    A breakthrough
    forces one to burst anew and BE!


    Visionary
    hearts may sigh
    how deeply down do feelings go.
    It only takes one man or woman
    to Love . . . . . infinitely.


    Poetry
    distills an afterglow;
    the essence will be found,
    inscribed between the lines, unrhymed,
    beyond the clash of sound and nothing.

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