Eilis

Eilis

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About Me

There is No Forgetting (Pablo Neruda)

Ask me where I have been
and I’ll tell you: “Things keep on happening.”
I must talk of the rubble that darkens the stones;
of the river’s duration, destroying itself;
I know only the things that the birds have abandoned,
or the sea behind me, or my sorrowing sister.
Why the distinctions of place? Why should day
follow day? Why must the blackness
of nighttime collect in our mouths? Why the dead?

If you question me: where have you come from, I must talk
with things falling away,
artifacts tart to the taste,
great, cankering breasts, as often as not,
and my own inconsolable heart.

Those who cross over with us are no keepsakes,
nor the yellowing pigeon that sleeps in forgetfulness:
only the face with its tears,
the hands at our throats,
whatever the leafage dissevers:
the dark of an obsolete day,
a day that has tasted the grief in our blood.

Here are the violets, swallows—
all the things that delight us, the delicate tallies
that show in the lengthening train
through which pleasure and transience pass.

Here let us halt, in the teeth of a barrier:
useless to gnaw on the husks that the silence assembles.
For I come without answers;
see: the dying are legion,
legion, the breakwaters breached by the red of the sun,
the headpieces knocking the ship’s side,
the hands closing over their kisses,
and legion the things I would give to oblivion.


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Posted 5 Months Ago


FYI I haven't got notifications and my library function isn't working:(

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Posted 7 Months Ago


Glad to know if someone likes what I post. I try to inspire myself to write something different. I was just reading this book while waiting for my kids to get out of piano lessons and thought this was the best poem I’d read in a bit. Just caught my mood. You (I) always hope someone else will connect. So, glad you did.

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Posted 7 Months Ago


never read this before and it was wonderful, I totally understand, you have a great eye. ear , all your poems on the comments page seem to set the scene, and my search page has never looked so random, thanks for all the great reads,

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Posted 7 Months Ago


love your new picture:)