Nikko-Shirane (after the world)

by Richard Paez

Nikko-Shirane (after the world)
pretend i don't exist
(pretend i don't exist)
if that makes it easier.
forgetting is no flaw -
it is survival.

but this i must tell you
before my voice fades forever

i scaled Nikko-Shirane today;
baptized myself in her waterfalls -
(and if i haven't frozen solid
it is only because gravity
has kept me flowing

only because
i haven't stopped long enough
to feel the cold)
this is where the blood of the sky
and the blood of the earth meet

this is the scar raised
after the contact of cloud and lava

and the four-century tear
that feeds these waterfalls
is no flaw, no weakness -
it is the beauty that remains
(that flows)
after the destruction of the world


Author's Note:
In memory of my friend Zeus. Sleep well, Bubba. August 13th, 2004.


Posted on 08/12/2004
Copyright © 2020 Richard Paez

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by JD Clay on 08/14/04 at 02:23 PM

Plasmatic poetry, malachi. It eminates a mythological tone without being overly descriptive. I like the concept of the integration between earth and man, both ethereal and pragmatic. I await your final draft. Pe4ce...

Posted by Max Bouillet on 08/16/04 at 12:40 PM

Vibrant and filled with energy. A primal force that exudes power. The images are spectacular and the rawness of the form accentuates the scar (lava) as being beautiful. Great read.

Posted by Leslie Ann Eisenberg on 08/25/04 at 03:50 AM

holy god, this is the bomb, baby! by far the best poem i've seen today. searing and unforgettable in its stunning imagery.... this is the scar raised after the contact of cloud and lava....a bellowing thunderclap from the core of the earth, granite and molten steel and cold stream... all power and then this ethereal, wistful turn: four-century tear that feeds these waterfalls....ah, now i've looked at your link, and i understand even more, but i didn't need to see that in order to get the awesome power -- you totally captured it. the pictures in my mind were even more vivid. (bows...i'm not worthy, i'm not worthy)

Posted by Amanda L Marron on 09/07/04 at 05:20 PM

i <3 the imagery in this. where is Nikko-Shirane located?

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