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Wednesday, 29 July 2009
DAYS OF WASTED YOUTH
“In youth the days are short and the years are long; in old age the years are short and the days long.” - Nikita Ivanovich Panin
I was reading some of the journals I had written a few decades ago (how writing that sentence made me feel so old!). Amongst the angst of youth, the dreadful pronouncements of immaturity, the zeal of inexperience and the earnestness of my teens, it was interesting to find some glimpses of insight, and seeds of wisdom, sown randomly amongst the incunabula. It was amusing and melancholy; nostalgic and sad; humorous and embarrassing, all rolled together to form a rather strange feeling of uncomfortable familiarity, but also of the unknown. My youthful thoughts were staring at me through a glass of time far removed and a place not of here. I could see the younger me within the mirror of my mind and I was enclosing within me several incarnations, nested in each other like a Russian doll. Ah, those old journals are like a time machine, and oh, so revealing!
Here is a poem, coming from a time long ago and from a place faraway. It was written in Greek, but translated now into English, putting that extra twist of time/space travel on the spiral of my life…
There, banshees shriek Liars, murderers abound. There, eyes’ crystals dull, Dreams fantasies are killed, Sweet memories are deadened. There, bright, exotic faeries Rejoice in rainbow orgies, Sinners, transgressors of all sorts Congregate, cry, waving arms Like dancing skeletons.
There, pink flesh will undergo Sterility, necrosis, sepsis. Mind dies a slow death And thought begins to limp, As brain is injured and is doomed to die, Unprotected to the wounds dealt By time’s bloody sickle.
There, skulls gape and cackle Because they find their sorry state Infectious… Witches with purple nails File them into pointed talons And the rasping sound Cuts my heart to shreds. Wild ogre women, Shred yellow breasts; Shed scales from scurfy skin And vomit up their entrails.
There! I want to go there, To that chilling and magic world. But just before I cross the wretched threshold, I must pause, look back, For I’m leaving behind a place of innocence To where there is no return…
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