Saturday, February 27, 2010

Sotère Torregian: The Two Palm-Trees Play the Sinfonia Concertante of Mozart

For Ida and Ani Kavafian

Tendresse de loin en loin ce grand repos
Aimé Césaire, Ferrements
(Tenderness in long intervals this grand repose)

The two palm-trees reach the pinnacle
of ecstasy in their vibreto
How did we know theirs was the destination

In this hour
Of our Appian Way of étonnement

Where I find myself standing
in front of the mirror
or in the back of the mirror
Their hair cascades
inform my sky

Sleep and Sunday daylight and workaday days
are as the sea meeting the shore

Transported here in their midst
to music's sanctuary

From the ceaseless barrage of the external world

O shadows left sutures of the long march of Van*

We revisit here as the signature
of Spring in the midst of Winter

And where once I was "dumbfounded by a word"
becomes a thousand words

And out of the "broken world" witness
Témoignage wholeness as a horizon
as reduced to a microscopic element I
am carried on the tip of your bow.

Copyright Sotère Torregian
November-December AD 2009

Note: étonnement, Fr., state of awe.
*Van: The Death March genocide of Armenians by Ottoman Turks, 1915.

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