TO GERARD

You wanted someone

To WHOLLY

Absolve you,Gerard….

 

I absolve you….

 

Why did you have to

Torment yourself

About

“The boys

With dare and

With downdolphinry and

Bellbright

Bodies”,

Whom you loved

And watched bathe,

In “Epithalmion”;

The handsome

Young men,

Dolben in particualar,

Your only true love,

Whom you never

Got over

After he died,

Drown-dead…..

 

A life wasted?

In some ways,

Yes;

In other ways,

NO:

Because you gave us…

 

Voluptousness

In WORDS,

Sprung

Spring-like

Spurting

From the page

In orgasmic frenzy;

Compound-coupled

Sensual-sounding

Adjectives and en

jambement.

WORDS

Steep-toppling

Over themselves

Helterskelter.

You sublimated

Into religion,

Poetry

And nature-worship.

But there WAS

Some fulfilment

Through these

Opulent

WORDS

{In homage to Gerard Manley Hopkins}

 

 

 

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About decayetude

ENTHUSIASMS: CLASSICAL MUSIC, ESPECIALLY OBSCURE ROMANTIC COMPOSERS; BACH/HANDEL LITERATURE, ESPECIALLY THOUGHTFUL, WELL-WRITTEN(STYLISTICALLY)NOVELS W G SEBALD WALTER BENJAMIN THEODOR ADORNO(JUST BEGINNING!) AESTHETIC PHILOSOPHY GAY MEN'S WRITING;QUEER THEORY STIMULATING DISCUSSIONS(EMOTIONALLY AND INTELLECTUALLY) GOOD RICH THICK ESPRESSO MICHAEL PONTI SPRITUALITY/LIFE'S "AURA"(BENJAMIN), WHATEVER TRANSCENDENTAL THING YOU WANT TO CALL THIS MEMORY-the elusiveness thereof. LOST TIME AND AN ATTEMPT AT ITS REDEMPTION(NON THEISTICALLY/RELIGIOUSLY)
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2 Responses to TO GERARD

  1. Merry says:

    Thank you for the love poem to GMH, Steve. Fulfillment in words, I hope he felt that, often, when he wrote.

  2. decayetude says:

    Not so sure he FULLY did, Merry; but thanks. I too felt some fulfillment but not ALL(:(ie. in writing it and in reading his poetry, of which more tomorrow on Skype)
    Anyway, he got the closest thing: the “dazzle and wonderment ” of the words, in their sensuous sublimation (via nature worship and religious ritual), as put by Stephen Fry, in his section on GMH in “Ode Less Travelled”. Love Steve

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