close-up, directed by abbas kiarostami
begum akhtar // woh jo hum mein tum mein quarar tha
This is the creature there has never been.
They never knew it, and yet, none the less,
they loved the way it moved, its suppleness,
its neck, its very gaze, mild and serene.
Not there, because they loved it, it behaved
as though it were. They always left some space.
And in that clear unpeopled space they saved
it lightly reared its head, with scarce a trace
of not being there. They fed it, not with corn,
but only with the possibility
of being. And that was able to confer
such strength, its brow put forth a horn. One horn.
Whitely it stole up to a maid - to be
within the silver mirror and in her.
- rainer maria rilke
Shiva and his family
In this idyllic scene, the goddess Parvati offers her husband Shiva a drink, as they enjoy a quiet moment together. Their children, the elephant-headed Ganesha and Skanda, play inside a tent made from the hide of an elephant demon that Shiva had slain.
Kangra School, Punjab Hills, India. c. 1790-1800
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
(via UMMA: University of Michigan Museum of Art)
Mountain High- Bipul Chettri
Tripurasundari seated on the prostrate body of Shiva, Folio from a Mahavidya series - Guler c1850
from “Blue Yodel of the Desperado”
I went to New York to leave you
Flowers of blood and light
In the Picture Shows I dreamed
Of your birthmark in the shape of a pistol
There you were alone and asleep
In your bed like a lake
And your Father watched over you
And his land
As always you slept naked
La prima volta / che siamo andati a letto insieme / è stata la notte del terremoto, / e mentre le case cadevano / e sotterravano i bambini, / noi ci rigiravamo tra le lenzuola, / carne con carne. // non solo tu, / anche la terra mi ha voluta avvisare, / che sarebbe stato pianto / e sangue e sudore, / il nostro unirci, / bere, / parlare.
penso ogni giorno alla tua disgrazia / come se fosse la mia, / e mi stesse aspettando. // poi mi giro e vedo / i libri che voglio leggere, / quelli che devo imparare, / le cose che devo fare, / quelle che devo dire; // e mi viene la forza di impastare la pasta / ma per un pane solo, / che solo io devo mangiare.