“Musica Universalis And The Pythagorean Love Song” by Shome Dasgupta

Theorem as it was as bale and bale across a dew singed plain settled in silence and so side and side they went in pair to search for conjectures of breadth–only to split at angle’s base like raised arms in plea to close their eyes and feel their ankles traced against pressed meadow and straw, they knew not if they were to meet again. A chance they took, no longer adjacent or faced–vertices diminished, famished and worn they strayed from tangent and vertex to find themselves in opposite planes. Tilted like this and that, no echo to be heard or a whisper to grasp in hand’s reach–buried in coat of night they thought of all the ways they never spoke. Gentle vibrations of wings and murmurs to keep them company, alone they as they were–no sine or sign of any line or degree to climb to shout for their care and well being. Let star and star and moon and rock enter in on pastured graze they slept on roots and tufts for heat and health–away their dreams adrift and coast and all along in space and system, comet and comet their thoughts met and greeted on cusp and corner. Such a journey astray it was thought only to be known that all along their side and length were never divided regardless of distance and measure–their heads were mazed and tunneled in ghostly shadow in crest and rift. Would they meet again on soft-patched earth and sewn and quilt they didn’t question–and for together they’ll be in migration of eternities no matter the case, in dreams they delivered and declared all the words they never grasped before. Let them sleep and rest on Pythagorean tunes–let orb and sun let sing their symphonies in rotation’s hum as then and for now and forever let be, entombed and enlightened. Shone affinity beyond any degree of calculation, there was no death but mere reckonings of elements and axioms, replicated and renewed.


Shome Dasgupta is the author of i am here And You Are Gone (Winner Of The 2010 OW Press Fiction Chapbook Contest), The Seagull And The Urn (HarperCollins India), Anklet And Other Stories (Golden Antelope Press), Pretend I Am Someone You Like (Livingston Press), and Mute (Tolsun Books). He lives in Lafayette, LA and can be found at www.shomedome.com and @laughingyeti.

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