Sunday, September 11, 2011

"The reverberations of Stygian remembrance..."

It is given to mortals to love, to recognize,
to make sounds move to their fingers,
but I have forgotten what I wanted to say
and a bodiless thought returns to the palace of shadows.

The Transparent One still speaks, but of nothing.
Still a swallow, a friend known as a girl, Antigone.
The reverberations of Stygian remembrance
burn like a black ice on one’s lips.

From "I Have Forgotten the Word I Wanted to Say" by Osip Mandelstam. Read the complete poem here.

Passage to the Underworld, Joachim Patinir, 1515-1524

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