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Michael Ondaatje - What We Lost

The interior love poem
the deeper levels of the self

 

dates when the abandonment
of certain principles occurred

 

The role of courtesy—how to enter
a forest, how to touch
a master’s feet before lesson or performance

 

The art of the drum. The art of eye-painting.
How to cut an arrow. Gestures between lovers.
The pattern of teeth marks on skin
drawn by a monk from memory

 

The limits of betrayal. The five ways
a lover could mock an ex-lover

 

The skill in tentative messages
which included yes and no
but never the direct maybe

 

Nine finger and eye gestures
to signal key emotions

 

The small boats of solitude

 

Lyrics that rose
from love
back into air

 

naked with guile
and praise

 

Our works and days

 

We knew how monsoons
(south-west, north-east)
would govern behaviour

 

and when to discover
the knowledge of the dead

 

hidden in clouds
in rivers, in unbroken rock

 

All this was burnt

 

or traded for power and wealth
from the eight compass points of vengeance

 

from the two levels of envy