After Hávamál

Vahni Capildeo

A guest brings lilies.
Not daylilies/hemerocallis;
not alstromeria, nor lilium regale.
Sweet and wooden. A horse that must be ridden.
The least childlike. Heavier than freesias.
Stargazers. Guests trigger birthday.
Imprinting lilies.

The gift of a book –
Any book is a gift,
bringing time; with no time to read it,
the reader has time, unreading the book,
time implicated in its binding, its petals.
Every book is comprised of one brushstroke.
Needing no witness.

The author is accused.
Accused, repeats the accusation
in print: a narcissist,
the author self-accused of narcissism.
The accusation is a reprint.
The book without footprints. But, yeah.
A smouldering yeahbook.

Things you can count on:
pets dying; people keeling over;
property seizures and repossessions;
the loops and links of the supply chain broken;
places and placenames, small and big, blotted out.
Memento will ride out again as a verb.
Compulsive translation.


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