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Grey Sparrow Journal

Issue 30, July 31, 2017
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THE REINVENTION OF LOVE




from the very beginning you dreamed

about how things became words


the source of light and life in the world

like the sky’s desire to devour the language


of blue and turquoise seas

gathering up their hidden meanings


from the multitude of sounds

beneath the surface


and how intuition grew up and arrived on the scene

from the dark murkiness of nothingness


and why your eyes came to be forged without a furnace

but which infernos, nonetheless, are contained within them


how events in the world

like all organisms must change


and when some one thing   no longer works

it must give way   be replaced or transformed


and that love also must pass through the forging

of this turbulent re-creation


the reinvention of love must begin

with your recollection of light before memory


the scent of the rose’s hands

washed after the rains have come


the hidden shadows of orchids

swimming in the lagoon


the wind howling to see every known

and unknown color of speech


and the sound of your eyes

about to close


the stillness of how your words

come to be that language


of your face written to finally return

home to the starting point


and of the night’s memory

of new unspoken words


the metamorphosis of your memory

transmuted into desire


and desire into your kiss   and by your kiss

restoring the amputated whispers of the world


into the poem’s song

where embracing you is always more than


the mere passing

convulsions of history


      -Kosrof Chantikian