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Bereaved of My Own Grandeur

A voice I longed to hear but / Whose sweet tones I had almost forgotten. / Too soft, too subtle, too strong. / Unshakeable, gentle steel. / You’re welcome.

THOUGHT TRANSLATION AUTHOR Ian Martin 24 SEPTEMBER 2016 20:15 h GMT+1
water, quality, photo Photo: Li Yang (Unsplash, CC)

BEREAVED OF MY OWN GRANDEUR



 



That moment your holy laughter rose,

When I recognised the sound,

When I knew it was that old mirth.

It was that same bellow of joy

That once stirred.

It was the laughter that broke the sadness,

It was the laughter that lifted the cloak

That lifted the sadness and inhabited.

It’s back.

A voice I longed to hear but

Whose sweet tones I had almost forgotten.

Too soft, too subtle, too strong.

Unshakeable, gentle steel.

You’re welcome.

Welcome.

I’ll take my shoes off.

I wouldn’t want to traipse the mud and dust in.

I am nothing, nothing.

Dust.

What can I clasp to in such a presence?

How could I endure?

What use is my mask?

My pretension? My make-believe?

When the light penetrates.

Unhidden. Laid bare.

Bereaved of my own grandeur

For I stand before yours.


 

 


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