Emmanuel George Cefai

Gold Star - 8,161 Points (12th March 1955 / Victoria, Gozo)

Orpheus Sings, But Hoarsely Sings - Poem by Emmanuel George Cefai

Orpheus sings, but hoarsely sings

See, see how the tall thin fir trembles
Trembles to-night.

See how the north star vibrates
Humming to-night.

Then Neptune churns his waves
Green-dark to-night.

Then the cathedral clock-tower
Strikes to-night

Hour after hour go, and reverse
Not, to-night

The tall cathedral thin in the shroud’s eye:

Then the whole night dances wearily
Around to-night

And the moon turns around in trances
All to-night

North, cold, and windy houses bleak

Centuries that rise as ghosts and shrouds
Lament to-night.

Comments about Orpheus Sings, But Hoarsely Sings by Emmanuel George Cefai

  • Gold Star - 17,437 Points Daniel Brick (5/25/2015 10:07:00 AM)

    ORPHEUS SINGS, BUT HOARSELY SINGS is a remarkable opening description. Why is his voice hoarse? too much strain on it? From too much singing? Is he sick? Whatever the cause, he still fulfills his mission despite this flaw in the performance. And things in the world respond: I made a list of seven things in nature or culture that respond, like the north star humming, waves churning, clocks ringing, etc. Even ghosts appear, since Orpheus's Underworld journey was like a summons to them to ascend as he did. This is the night-side, the nocturnal parallel to your day-light poem ORPHEUS. The divine singer manifests himself briefly and then vanishes. But the impact of his presence leaves divine traces behind. I have that faith. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, March 2, 2014

Poem Edited: Wednesday, March 5, 2014

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