ALBANOR AND EUROPINA Pt 5

Posted: August 20, 2016 in John Stammers Page

after ‘Orpheus and Eurydike’, choreographed by Pina Bausch

ocean

Deep
Deeper in, spiralling down to an inevitable centre:
a sea shell left in the deepest part. The surface
such a long way, a memory only, no longer exists;
how wrong they all were, the living;
their hopes and dreams, like tangling mists
in forests of birch and conifer, on mountain, fjord,
that remember nothing, not growth, nor fall,
nor the touch of wind in their branches, twigs.

Words failed; there was no air. And no gravity held him,
no space tied him; no time, just continuance,
a long hung-up sense of itself. ‘When will it end,
this ongoing self?  All I have travelled are just gut
and aliment. I search for that out side me;
for her.’ ‘Or is it her inside, the reflection
of her in you; what you have made her to be?‘

Then he saw her. ‘You keep her here, by thinking
of her. She only wants to go.’ they said.

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