Among Old Papers
Book V #25 Tuesday, December 02, 2008 for Sadakichi Hartmann
There it lies among old papers, letters and curios;
a gray blurred image, [a] silvery glimmer,
things that are dead and lost to living eyes
looking at themselves in a mirror.
A room admitting blue light through colored window-panes.
Shining sorceries on which light plays
A frail encasement
with black embossed paper.
The intricate patterning of such
substance seems to vanish.
A moment in vague and wistful thought.
The temptation to open it and glance at it.
The short duration of its sway
becoming more and more of a rarity.
it does not seem to be necessary to have known
the simplest imaginable
imprisoned by the inquisition.