Growth Happens When…

Growth Happens When...

Growth happens when
Many shadows collide at once,
And the air begins to quiver;
When the fifth Sun arises
From his slumber
And makes sweet love to
A distant ocean;

When somewhere along the periphery
Of these jagged cliffs
A bishop lies in the sand,
Smiling and remembering,
And chanting to the seagulls;

When I happened upon
A weather-worn seashell
Bearing exotic fruits,
And I palpated her seductive edges,
But did not eat;

When the webbed gossamer
Donned a spare petticoat
And began to fly,
‘Ere the moment I decided
To pray for the first and last time;

When I suffocated myself
In this coarse, directionless frock
In whose skin you might find
Some of the eternal answers
And the questions that impregnated them;

When I came home to a striking array
Of pastel-colored houses with no windows,
Overgrown gardens with no flowers,
And sinuous dusty streets
Endlessly teeming with decrepit cafes
Emanating sounds of droll laughter
From patrons with no bodies;

When I severed my heart,
Dividing it equally into
A thousand twitching little pieces,
And fed them to the pigeons.

Art: “Chiretsusei Katsusemba”
Kazuo Shiraga

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