I'VE poured my WINE

The Bell Chimes

sizzling rays

of the solar disc

strike the earth as burns;

the bird of silence flies,

while a gravedigger

gashes its wings

with the blade of his spade.

the bell chimes:

hands shiver

but carry on digging!

the grave has been dug

and the mourners have

gathered around it.

the earth

opens its mouth

to gulp its morsel:

the bell chimes:

no one hears,

save the gravedigger!

with the brush of its

dark, cracked lips,

the night kisses the earth;

the skin of the earth turns wrinkled.

the mourners gather again

in the cemetery,

but this time

the gravedigger

is turning

a morsel himself.

the bird of silence

flaps its wings again…

the bell chimes…

London, 2007 © M. Syre

(Silence of the Piano Sings)

 

One Comment

  • Zahid Ali Jatoi

    Freedom and ruling of silence on earth is seen through the line ” the bird of silence flies” whereas time and space swims through ” while a gravedigger gashes its wings with the blade of his spade”. The use of ” hands shiver” seems to be denoting the act being done against the will of doer or the ruling of silence has its effect to the extent that doer physically feels it or else a doer is too sensitive to hear the sound unfamiliar to him. ” The bell chimes” indicates the particular moment; server ( gravedigger) feels the impact. That particular moment ” bell chimes” is heard again while the process of life and death are exchanging the places. Over here life and death has been presented beautifully with the help of above mentioned lines. In addition, ” presentation of natural and social/cultural process has not been eclipsed as well. In the lines ” the mourners have gathered around it” and ” the earth opens its mouth to gulp its morsel” natural and social life seem to be moving parallel; shoulder to shoulder.

    A littler ahead, the lines. ” with the brush of its dark, cracked lips, the night kisses the earth;” not only present the exact time period when setting of sun lets the rule of dark unchain itself hence with its rudeness abruptly rushes to earth to kiss it; unromantic approach though because “the skin of the earth turns wrinkled.” It clearly shows dominance of dark over earth hence disliking of earth to dark. It also implies that earth loves to remain embraced or overwhelmed with light only; never to feel cruelty of dark. It also shows helplessness of earth as it gets its skin wrinkled. Again in up-coming lines; a natural process of life and reality is touched where the server gets served and time moves on and on.

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