Naked Body of Dreams

Poetry by David Deyo


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Paean

Behind me somewhere, back in the mist of forgetting
beyond which no eye can sight the landmarks left in innocence,
some paces past, in numbers more than I could count
and ever pray to find that spot of time long ticked away.
In history long tocked and turned to dampened echoes,
I spoke in that mystic tongue, that dialect descended by surprise
until it burbled out of my throat, out from between my teeth,
mumbled and murmured like a pious pianissimo
that garbled as it grew into unfathomable forte,
unknown the message, the meaning in prophecy so masked.
Lacking a linguist's insight amid such trembling autism
that supposed a savant from a boy ablaze with his belief,
I said those strangely sacred words, stuttered their sound
that for all I knew might have recited the gist of genesis,
first uttered from darkness deeper than amnesia,
until their cosmic clatter, their chaotic clarion struck
the newly strung and swiftly tuned subatomic strings.
The rendered plasma first bespoke peculiar, in pitches
that drenched the quick, uncloaking weave of spacetime,
warbling in wonder til they took the intended forms
of photons and charmed quarks and bosons on the rebound.
When sleep and dreams dim the common sense of things,
my wandering mind, turned inward, mimics the beginning
by my own gestating jibberish, my own encryptic tongues,
improvising some lullaby in a reverie of faint lyrics
that linger briefly in my mind and then is left behind me
somewhere, back in the mist of forgetting.


About the Poem

This poem is a stream of consciousness that reflects on a religious experience from my youth called glossolalia, connecting it with the ancient and unknown divine language which was used at the creation of the universe and the manner in which our dreams repeat this act of spawning universes from pure consciousness. Here is a video interpretation of this poem, read by David:

Paean

Publication

This poem is previously unpublished in print. It was finished November 30, 2012.

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