Sunday, 9 March 2014

Dante's Answer: Part IV

By Rory A.A. Hinton

Black And White













"...since from this abyss none has returned alive, if what I hear is true, without fear of infamy I answer you." (Dante, Inferno, XXVII 61-66)

IV: Seasoned

Black Philosophy bluntly pragmatic.
"The poetic is anything but static."
Pay attention to Shelley's poet.
We need her and we know it.

White Philosopher conditioning Contingency.
"I never knew about your liberal Irony."
Human All Too Human Solidarity.
Rest in peace Richard Rorty.

Black Idols all overthrown.
"Vows never spoken, only shown."
Showing the gentleness of the Beast.
Dining at the table of Babette's Feast.

White Robe shrouding the revolution.
"Do not blame the institution."
Jesus as casualty of Christian religion.
The importance of Nietzsche's derision.

Black Truth for the independent man.
"What if Truth were a woman?"
Truth as innocent mensch.
Wielding monkey wrench.

White Heart for transparent bravery?
"Heart Of Darkness as Odyssey."
Made to so intelligently digress.
Not by the scent of a black dress.

Black Muse making it end.
"I cannot be your friend."
The pavilions are far and furled.
"Tis not too late to seek a newer world."

White Picture moving the debacle.
"Brimstone And Treacle?"
Limelight is the stigma:
Heart and mind? Enigma.

Black Bridge covered in Basho's snow.
"You are buried with nothing to show."
On the bridge of therapeutic rhyme.
Broken by world-enough-and-time.

White Room listens to the distant echo:
"We never did talk of Michaelangelo."
Old Man peels Young Mermaid's peach.
Young Mermaid peels on Old Man's beach.

Black Parker cries in my ear:
"Break my heart, my dear."
An Abelard in the end?
The death of a friend.

White Dante's Answer up from the abyss.
"Infamy went without fear of redress."
Returning alive to address the question.
Sufficiency is the father of intention.