Academic journal article Chicago Review

The Song of the Tower

Academic journal article Chicago Review

The Song of the Tower

Article excerpt

vain merlin

lonely stone

sven berlin

Come listen enough of that.

See what you make of this

And what it makes of you.

Words tower above silence

And speak through circumstance.

My window sees two ways,

A Janus within its gaze.

Through both ways I look

And watch a wildering world.

I look to where the sea

Changes continually

And swings its breaking doors

Towards the mind's shores.

I look in on this room

Changing within its tower.

I see stone slowly flower.

Enough of that. It's time enough

With things the way they are

To put us all into our place

And bar us from the bar, my dear,

And bar us from the bar.

We talk and long to meet within

This riddle of us all.

The sea shuffles its decks for luck

Our voices rise and fall, my dear,

Our voices rise and fall.

Venus whispers from her shell

What we blush to hear.

Her tongue tickles the mind and leaves

A grain within the ear, my dear,

A grain within the ear. …

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