Incantation by Anne W. Brigman (American, 1869–1950) Date: 1905

 

 

In a night so still I summon you

hear me calling out your name, goddess

I want you here

will you lead me to your sea of love

or leave me lying here

on the burning sands

 

In a night so still I summon you

I’ll speak a little louder, goddess

I want you here

will you take me where the kingdom comes

or leave me lying here

where souls disappear

 

In a night so still I summon you

I’ll even shout, goddess

I want you here
will you make this
life livable

or leave me lying here

where I’m losing the reasons to breathe

 

In a night so still I summon you

C’mon, goddess

I want you here

will you take me home to glory’s throne

or leave me lying here

red eyes and tears

 

In a night so still I summon you

I won’t say it again, goddess

I want you here

will you lead me to your armchair

or leave me lying here

your onion peeling slave

 

In a night so still I summon you

cut the crap, goddess

the government is looking for a saw

to cut a thousand loaves of bread in half

and all I want is a haircut

will you give it to me?

 

In a night so still I summon you

I don’t know what to say, goddess

they said I was your favorite prize
your favorite smile
your favorite mirror

not your favorite game

 

In a night so still I summon you

why did you play me this way, goddess

you held me down

and it’s always this way

now I know better

So put your hands where I can see them

 

In a night so still I summon you

to tell you that we are through, goddess

I’d rather spend the night alone in my room

than spend the night alone summoning you

do you hear me?

 

So much for the night so still

so much for the whistling in the wind, goddess

Is it in my genes – I don’t know

but I guess what you think is true

I could never be the right kind of dog for you

and I go la la la la la

***

In a Night so Still I Go La La La La La is a found poem made of:

Three poems

Preveza, by Kostas Karyotakis, translated by Peter J. King and Andreas Christofidou

In the Goddess’s Name I Summon You…, by George Seferis, translated by Edmund Keeley

The Monogram, by Odysseus Elytis, translated by Youlika K. Masry (© February 14, 2018)

One Wikipedia article

Greek government-debt crisis

And 14 songs – some better than others and a crappy one

Hands Up – I Love You – Madrugada

Red Eyes and Tears – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

As Sure as the Sun – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

I Wanna Be Your Dog – The Stooges

Not Right – The Stooges

In Your Room – Depeche Mode

Strangelove – Depeche Mode

I Feel You – Depeche Mode

Blue – Vermillion Lies

To Binge – Gorillaz

I Can Never Be Your Woman – White Town

Big Love – Fleetwood Mac

Everywhere – Fleetwood Mac

She’s Got the Look – Roxette

***

© Basilike Pappa, 2018

(Image: Incantation, by Anne W. Brigman, 1905 – Pinterest)

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65 thoughts on “In a Night so Still I Go La La La La La

  1. Wow. What a wide variety of sources for your poem, Basilike. And you pulled it off. I’m fascinated by found poems in general. They make me think about the interconnectedness of beauty and how art is everywhere if we are willing to “find” it.

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    1. I haven’t written much found poetry, but every time I do I find it very interesting. I never begin with a clear idea of what I want to do. I may choose two or three songs with a more or less connected theme, and the rest comes along the way. It’s like an exercise for the mind, finding the interconnectedness between completely different pieces of writing.
      Thank you so much for reading!

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      1. Your poetry reveals the
        inner idealised goddess.
        We are all
        multidimensional beings.
        But artists are
        celestial explorers.
        And to the heavens
        the closest.
        Yet, at times
        loiter the gates of hades
        . . . by choice.

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