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Tango Tree Tango Tree
by David Sparenberg
2012-01-04 10:58:10
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On a late December afternoon, with outer world somber and withdrawn, one conceives that
 
the only way to give definition to a poem—convinced that the utterance moans piteously if beautiful or cries out in tortured protest over time and parting from one feeling in afterward of flight and drowning—that
 
the only way open to flesh and wound of heartache is to break the forest into trees and the worded lines into short suspended pieces—like
 
plucking feathers patiently from wings of blackbirds or pulling petals from the soft self-holding of a sacrificial scarlet flower.
 
On a late December afternoon, the sun possessed by leaden darkness and landscape quiet under chilly shadows, one
 
conceives that
the only way to speak of life at all is to begin backward with a Tango Tree in autumn when
leaf colors are catching fire because of coldness and the winds bring steadily a lovely torment between earth and emptiness: winter’s promise.  On
 
one – hand - there
is love the messiah and on the other death the fated.  Only both hands are forever eager to subdue in union—only now they are prayer, now they are wrestling.  Ah—and…
 
the only
way to
speak of
this is
teardrops
mouth
wetting
one by
one or
panting
short of
breath and
deep
in
transport
passion
pouring
poem burns
water
into kisses
“a
deep (oh—oh))
palpitation of the spirit”*
 
David Sparenberg
30 December 2011
 
*Antonino Machado
 
 

   
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