Leavesafter Rilke’s “Ninth Duino Elegy”
swept up in the calm gesture of leaving in order to be somewhere new either the branch reaches down & taps you on the shoulder or you pull the cord for the hazer behind you dense clouds gather a lifetime of misapprehensions cueing up to jump the fence between the two of us we shop our love around the tyrrhenian & the adriatic we are all for crossing over word after borrowed word I am bringing you closer still closer & into my chest soon we are colouring over outlines of one another’s implied meanings running my mouth against yours racing against the written word on each page facing a different translation your actual lived experience seeps through a split in the seam of our romance unspoken lips quiver barely able to suppress a sneeze from the pepper grinder of non-sequiturs I drag a finger to my lips in front of a thousand cameras triggered by the very thought of this happening once only that momentary release packs its own parachute a flag to wave of right now is equally a sheet we turn over together a set of ears to hand over to our hosts scare quotes raised above our heads in earnestness you drop into my open hands as real as the open ocean being here the leaf optimistically pushing back against the wind Translated with Auslan; Australian Sign Language.
Dominic Symes is a poet from Adelaide, Australia. His poetry has been published in Australian Book Review, Australian Poetry Journal, Award Winning Australian Writing 2016, Coldnoon, and Broadsheet. He is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Adelaide. www.domsymes.com