George Moore's collections include Saint Agnes Outside the Walls (FutureCycle 2016) and Children's Drawings of the Universe (Salmon Poetry 2015). His poetry has appeared in The Atlantic, Colorado Review, Arc, Orbis, Poetry and Valparaiso. He lives with his wife, a Canadian poet, on the south shore of Nova Scotia.
after João Cabral de Melo Neto
Here is a man, plowing his way
through the fog as if on the prow of a ship,
but it is only sand, a beach, the winter.
Here is another, years later,
returning to the place he walked as a child
but the earth, after revolutions, and the galaxy
as it discs through space, have displaced him,
and he is a billion lightyears from himself.
Here us another, singing loudly
into the choir of surf, just sounds, no tune,
just the noises a cave dweller surely made.
Another comes to this shore from another,
arrives from away. His space will always be
ghostly here, an image that even after lifetimes
can fade away. He is a small boat
moored on a borrowed wharf,
waiting for the shyness of the moon
to lower her tides. Here, at last, a man
yelling one syllable words
at a crowd desperate to hear,
with each word his bones are filed to dust,
and each word nails their hearts to a board.
Here, the sea rises up, and he thinks
he can distinguish the lines of a day
and the partisanship of the waves.
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