Bi Scott - Language & Diplomacy

Poetry

Poetry

A Knowledge Broken

Held together by light, reflections retain
their true: immaculate understudies
identical twins, their faultless alibis.
But becalmed and bound by light they remain

bound to it, bound to its every whim
and wave, bound to dissolve or break away
like the footfalls of a lover on the day
he leaves, beating out the pulse of him.

‘To be dead’, says Samuel Butler
‘is to be unable to understand that
one is alive. They come to us but
… we cannot go to them.’ Ever

unable, despite our thirst for reciprocity,
to secure – or settle for – lasting symmetry.

* “Aphorisms, representing a knowledge broken,
do invite men to inquire further” (Francis Bacon)