Posts tagged ‘you must read words’

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

The Heart’s Laboratory by Stephen Oliver

You must read words
to be reminded of them.

Left alone they are rabble, argumentative, a calm
or crazy half-remembered message
of some forgotten incident,
or people.

Whatever heart you have visited,
someone passed that way before.

Silk road of remembrance.

How humanizing it is to half-turn and glimpse –
as if to say,
‘Trust me, again’.

The small discoveries one makes of the moment
are soon forgotten – deafened

by the blood’s quiet tumult,
that roar in the ears via the heart’s laboratory.

A plane-shadow snatches a tree; Autumn

From: Oliver, Stephen, “The Heart’s Laboratory” in Snorkel, No.7, 2008.
(https://webarchive.nla.gov.au/awa/20080521224553/http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/84567/20080522-0833/www.snorkel.org.au/002/oliver.html)

Date: 2008

By: Stephen Oliver (1950- )