Saturday, September 24, 2016

The New Phorcydes

                                     τυρὸς δ᾽ οὐ λείπει μ᾽ οὔτ᾽ ἐν θέρει οὔτ᾽ ἐν ὀπώρᾳ,
                                     ὐ χειμῶνος ἄκρω: ταρσοὶ δ᾽ ὑπεραχθέες αἰεί.*

You sit in a hall
of columns and arcades
sunlight streaming
from an open garden
to one side.

Close an eye.

You no longer sit
in a hall, now become
but a point of view.

So the world of photographs
and film and video and cell-phone

half of you disappears
and the other half becomes Cyclops
and shares the world with others
as the Graeae share one tooth and one eye.

Aye, pass the tooth, please,
smile and blindly have at Cyclopean cheese.

E. A. Costa

E. A. Costa  September 24, 2016  Granada, Nicaragua
N.B.:*Theocritus , Idylls. 11.36"I never lack cheese, Summer or
Fall, and even in the dead of Winter--the  racks are always

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