Implied subject || sottofondo: by Bonnie McClellan

It is the thing that lies under
……..under    lies
below the foundation
……..like a time signature
……..signalling in silence:
there
there
there
there
……..we are.

È la cosa che sta sotto……..
sotto    stante
sotto il fondo.…….
come il tempo quaternario
segnalando in silenzio
ci……..
ci……..
ci……..
ci……..
siamo.

~ by bonniemcclellan on March 25, 2017.

4 Responses to “Implied subject || sottofondo: by Bonnie McClellan”

  1. This is both beautiful and profound in its brevity, Bonnie. The idea that substance, essence, or even existence of a thing (there, by extension) is ‘like a time signature’ is a powerful one – at least until the question of the ontological status of time is perceived by the associated mind implied!

    • Thank you so much, I’m glad that it wasn’t as obtuse as I thought! In Italian it’s even nicer because the word ‘tempo’ is exceptionally dense; it means time, tense, and musical tempo (among others).

  2. Bonnie,

    What a beautiful way to wake up on a Sunday morning.

    Back to basics…and the essence of our simple lives.

    Boy O’ boy, what we’ve forgotten??

    Thanks for the wake up call!

    I hope all is well,

    Edward

    Sent from my iPhone

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  3. Love the staccato created by the Line breaks And the repetitions at the end. You must work all the time. I have not written a line since the international contest.

    Bisous Liliane

    Sent from the desk of Liliane G. Richman

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