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And The City Stood In Its Brightness

Rating: 3.5

And the city stood in its brightness when years later I returned,
And life was running out, Ruteboeuf's or Villon's,
Descendants already born were dancing their dances,
Women looked in their mirrors, made from a new metal,
What was it all for, if I cannot speak?
She stood above me, head like the earth on its axis,
My ashes were laid in a can under the bistro counter,

And the city stood in its brightness when years later I returned,
To my home in the display case of a granite museum

Beside eyelash mascara, alabaster vials, and menstruation girdles of an Egyptian princess,
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Friday, February 20, 2015
Topic(s) of this poem: city
POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
translated by Czesław Miłosz and Peter Dale Scott
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COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Kayode Are 14 October 2017

Surreal; to return as ashes and see the brightness of a city of past abode amid 'new metal, granite museum and debts owed.

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Fabrizio Frosini 31 July 2016

unbelievable.. only 1 vote was expressed and it was a.. '4'! ? 'someone' who is member of PH (and so, he/she should love and -possibly- understand poetry) values this beautiful poem as a ''low-grade-product'' of a great human mind! ! On the contrary, this is Poetry (capital 'P') . So, tell me: why do let readers rate poetry? ? Rating a poem, as well as putting a 'like' or a 'dislike', is -too often- just letting people use their guts, not brains..

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