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Friday, 29. October 2004

Nayantara



From trackless paths of the seas
I have come searching
For the comet that must have
Fallen to ground
Somewhere on this shore.

Skin flecked with salt, muscles
Covered with barnacles
I have seen kings being burnt
On their way to warrior heaven
Above me. Secrets of the reefs,
Sunk ships have settled
In the creases of my skin.

Now I am neither man nor matter,
I have become a seeker
Wandering for signs, signals,
Rumors, news, markers.
I call her Nayantara
As the ancients still remember her:
Woman with a body of shells,
Whose flower births aromas.

The starry eyed one,
Who set my life adrift
On ships of spinning clocks!
Friend, have you heard,
Even second hand or third,
News of that corolla of light?

Notes:

After watching a corny movie Don Juan De Marco again (Why do I watch it if it is corny? Why do people drink? Why do people smoke?), for the fourth or fifth time, some words arose in memory. Words attached to my history, to past loves, and history yet to be born, loves yet to be celebrated, yet lived through. This woman, that these words blossom around (who as Nikos points outs in his brilliant ‘The Last Temptation of Christ’ is just another aspect of the Universal Woman) then requires to be named, albeit temporarily. And tonight I call her ‘Nayantara’, very literally ‘Eyestar’. And for her, I hang this poem in this moonlight sky, so she that may find it, a crude flag, and know I exist.




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