Remembrance

by Evelyn Hooven (September 2020)


Meditation, Gabriel Münter, 1917
 
 
(A Monologue from my play “Variations for Uncertain Instrument,” a Work-in-Progress)
 
It was not so bad
After the deep knowledge settled
After that interminable while
It was not so painful . . .
 
Alone turning pages
Alone with music
Sometimes avid
Start of the morning
Amazingly bright—
 
The light was extraordinary
That funeral day.
 
(As in a reverie)
Not to be stone
Not to be bronze to the core
Is dangerous, dangerous—
The people are dazed by this radiance
Something contorts their faces
Anaesthesia, imminent breakage—
It is clear
They will never endure
Ship them ever so crated
Or filled with excelsior
Mark them exceptionally fragile
They must turn out
Frangible, asunder—
Incomplete.
 
This is the madness of sun
This must be their strange festival—
Precarious
Without pedestals
Occasion
Of losses—
Their creator puts out
No hand
To repair them
Perhaps he is sleeping
Or elsewhere, making
What thrives intact
What holds out forever.
 
 
Gently!
They did not lower him
Tenderly enough—
 
In the night
I dreamed of rain
Pelting, assaulting
Earth eroded
Such penetration
Of sound
Diminution of roots—
I dreamed
I was to meet him—
Rain—I carried
A covering—
He did not come—
Was his protection
Enough
For all he would go through?
 
They did not lower him
Tenderly enough—
I never am sure
If he rests well . . .
 
 
 

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Evelyn Hooven graduated from Mount Holyoke College and received her M.A. from Yale University, where she also studied at The Yale School of Drama. A member of the Dramatists’ Guild, she has had presentations of her verse dramas at several theatrical venues, including The Maxwell Anderson Playwrights Series in Greenwich, CT (after a state-wide competition) and The Poet’s Theatre in Cambridge, MA (result of a national competition). Her poems and translations from the French have appeared in ART TIMES, Chelsea, The Literary Review, THE SHOp: A Magazine of Poetry (in Ireland), The Tribeca Poetry Review, Vallum (in Montreal), and other journals, and her literary criticism in Oxford University’s Essays in Criticism.

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