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Om Ah Hum


by Guido Monte & Adele Ward


Multilingual Poetry





Pic: "per terra" - © 2011 by Guido Monte - Size: 32k
per terra
© 2011 Guido Monte



(Swans - July 1, 2013)  

guido: in the beginning he created.
vathā dipo nivatastho an unmoving light
ne 'ngate so pama smŗtā far from winds
terra autem erat waste and void "toh waboh"
land was left barren
nœr miðri veröldinni near the centre of the world
in interiore homine inside the soul of a man,
myself illuminating d'infinito
and adgnosco vestigia i know old signs,
oh spirit
thora dhe kwa che che hear me
and hear the sound of water de terra lonhdana
(and either i'm not, and yes yes,
have i nothing to do with you?)

Between seeming and being,
what difference is there?
Sembra gia morto,
his twin sister says,
non dà segni di vita.
Sua gemella, his other half,
with hands that reached
out to him in the womb.
Everything becomes emptiness—
eyes open, seeing nothing.
The hands that reached
will clean and dress him:
this lump of clay
this handful of dust.
From the state of emptiness
from Yam comes wind,
from Ram comes fire, from Ah
a grate of three human heads.
Between seeming and being
everything becomes emptiness.
Please be with me always
like the shadow of my body.
Cras amet qui numquam amavit
quique amavit cras amet.



Adele Ward is a poet, novelist, and co-owner of Ward Wood Publishing in London.

Adele's poem is inspired by: André Gide (lines 1-2), Buddhist prayers by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso (lines 9, 15-23), Shakespeare, "Much Ado About Nothing" (lines 13-14), Anonymous 3rd Century AD Latin Lyric "The Vigil of Venus" (lines 24-25).

picture: per terra, by Guido Monte (2011).


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