TWO HAIKU-ESQUE POEMS: THE SEA RE-CLAIMS BUT MAN FIGHTS BACK.BY STEVEN BENSON

“OUR PAST

VANISHES

BEHIND US”(W.G.SEBALD)

ABERYSTWYTH. THE GREAT STORM OF JANUARY 2014

Aberystwyth was

Riven

With great

Storms.

I mourned

As the

Beautiful

Sea-front

Was

Torn Up;

And rocks were

Catapulted

Onto the

Road,

Which itself

Was

Shredded and

Dis-integrated into

Sand….

The Sea-defences

Failed;the

Victorian Shelter

Slumped

Down,

Crippled by the

Ferocious

Merciless

Sea

…………………………

Aberystwyth, Mon Amour….My past

……………………

Please

Repair the

Decimated

Promenade;

So that the

Cultural

Capital of

Cymru is

Restored

To its

Glory….

And MY

Past

Again, feels

WHOLE in the

Present;

At least

In memory

__________________________________________________________________________________

2.RE-BUILDING THE RAILWAY LINE; A POEM FOR RAILWAY GEEKS

The angry

Waves

Broke up the

Coast

Supporting the

Railway line

Between

Tywyn and

Y Bermo;

So that it

Hung

Skeleton-like,

Above the

Collapsed

Embankment;

And
Ruthlessly

Strewn with

Boulders,

Spewed Up

By

The sea

………………………………………………………………………………………..

{but all is not lost, because Arriva Trains Wales(the operating company’s) website  stated they are already starting to repair the railway, with an estimated re-opening of Easter; this lifeline to isolated communities strewn between Machynlleth and Pwllheli}; so that…

………………………………………………….

Once more

You can

Travel past

The

Crenellated

Mock

Castles; the

Tiny

Inlets

Peppering

The edges

Of the

Irish Sea; as the

Cambrian Coast

Railway

Snakes and

Meanders

Its way;

Twists and

Turns;

Disappears,

Briefly,

Beneath an

Avalanche

Shelter;and

Eventually

Arrives at the

(No longer)

Stranded

Town of

Pwllheli;

Of which

Someone once

Said:

There,

The

Transition

From life to

Death

Is made

Easier

 

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Published by: decayetude

ENTHUSIASMS: CLASSICAL MUSIC, ESPECIALLY OBSCURE ROMANTIC COMPOSERS; BACH/HANDEL LITERATURE, ESPECIALLY THOUGHTFUL, WELL-WRITTEN(STYLISTICALLY)NOVELS W G SEBALD WALTER BENJAMIN THEODOR ADORNO(JUST BEGINNING!) AESTHETIC PHILOSOPHY GAY MEN'S WRITING;QUEER THEORY STIMULATING DISCUSSIONS(EMOTIONALLY AND INTELLECTUALLY) GOOD RICH THICK ESPRESSO MICHAEL PONTI SPRITUALITY/LIFE'S "AURA"(BENJAMIN), WHATEVER TRANSCENDENTAL THING YOU WANT TO CALL THIS MEMORY-the elusiveness thereof. LOST TIME AND AN ATTEMPT AT ITS REDEMPTION(NON THEISTICALLY/RELIGIOUSLY)

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