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The Not Tale (Funeral)

The great labour of appearance
served the making of the pyre.
But how
nor how
How also
how they 
shal nat be toold
shall not be told.
Nor how the gods
nor how the beestes and the birds
nor how the ground agast
Nor how the fire
first with straw
and then with drye
and then with grene
and then with gold
and then.
Now how a site is laid like this.
Nor what 
nor how
nor what she spak, nor what was her desire
Nor what jewels
when the fire
Nor how some threw their
and some their
and their
and cups full of wine and milk
and blood
into the fyr
into the fire
Nor how three times
and three times with
and three times how
and how that
Nor how
nor how
nor how
nor who
I cannot tell
nor can I say
but shortly to the point
I turn
and give my tale an end.

Credit


Reprinted from Meddle English. Copyright © 2011 by Caroline Bergvall. Used with permission of Nightboat Books. All rights reserved.

Author


Caroline Bergvall

Caroline Bergvall's works, which have been commissioned and presented at museums all around the world, are noted for their combinations of performative, visual, and literary texts within the same project.

Date Published: 2011-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/not-tale-funeral