Warren Falcon

Silver Star - 4,286 Points (04/23/52 - xxxx / Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA)

From The Dusk Of My Ghost-House - Journal Poems From 1970's - Poem by Warren Falcon

**a note on the poems: In the late 1970's I lived in a 100 year old house, no running water, no electricity. There for 3 years I read Ezra Pound's Cantos, myriad Buddhists texts, world poets all kinds, American Black Mountain poets, Olson, Wieners, Duncan, others (the old college over some mountain ridges near me then) , tried to sit zen and spin some sense of meaning from a very fragmented self...the poems are culled from the journals I kept when living in those Blue Ridge mountains, specifically beneath the largest mountain east of the rockies, Mount Mitchell.

The journals are also filled with quotes and epigraphs from my varied reading/study, and this mid-Autumn poem begins with those transcribed on or around the making of this poem, a passage from 1978, a poeming around Jesus's words, 'I thirst' (the most honest words in the Bible) which, thirst being desire, lead me to the Buddha who also knew much about that thirst, thusly:


But in my yashiro upon the hill I should have greatest honor: there betimes I should gather the multitude of my selves together.

...From the dusk of my ghost-house I should look for the coming of sandaled feet, and watch brown supple fingers weaving to my bars the knotted papers...

- Lafcadio Hearn, from Gleanings from Buddha-Fields.1897


ya selva oscura, but hell now
is not exterior, is not to be got out of, is
the cost of your own self, the beasts
emblazoned on you And who
can turn this total thing, invert
and let the ragged sleeves be seen

He shall step, he
will shape, he
is already also
moving off

___________into the soil, on to his own bones

he will cross

- Charles Olson, from In Cold Hell, In Thicket


Do not move
let the wind speak
that is paradise

- Ezra Pound, from his last Canto 120


*


'I thirst'


down to Green

Glen quarter mile behind the back porch,

hole of the once-was-outhouse closer

to porch than the spring, nothing remains,

not even stench, teeming pretty with

moss, ferns there too, Queen Ann's Lace,

some paces on, follow thuds, old pear tree,

white, sheds fruit heavy beside, leans,

stumbling shed harboring moccasins,

rattlers, not one King seen in years 3,

yet sits long unmoved 1 rusted plow bannered,

layered, years-shed skins.


Clear spring's there, glancing the shed,

snake dread, dip up some water cool in

sun-bleached turtle shell, cracked edges

pre-Ching, red stained from hill-red dirt,

my little dipper holds both Big Bear and

Little, mendicant stars, and others,

sometimes clouds, mendicant too, when

comes up a night squall, to sit, when

thirsty, arms stretch out toward chipped

porcelain, a cup come with the house,


say out loud

in dark House in thicket

to the Master of Thirsts

all kinds,


'I drink.'


No real taste

for blasphemy, me.


But can swallow

bears whole, me.


Stars. Clouds.


Even skins, the creeps

and willies, me.


What presents?


Venal sins

and mortal, me,


vowing

remember

the spring,

pure day


forget thinking

a bit, say,


don't try so hard,


hear nearby cedars

scrape, entwine,


they sigh, they


agree

with last this

thought


wishing

as I did,

do still, pray,



they'd always

deciduous be

and not overly evergreen.

Topic(s) of this poem: meditation

Form: Pastoral


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Poem Submitted: Monday, November 2, 2015

Poem Edited: Saturday, October 7, 2017


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