Listening To The End Of Time

The book then is your authoritative guide,
its words like gestures in the dark,

its passages masquerading as proofs
of the indisputable in hieratic script. But here

the translation is uncertain: this word
is most often translated as time, as in

the impossible lifting its right hand to heaven
saying, ‘there shall be time no longer…’—That

in exchange for the ‘gentlest apocalypse imaginable
whose rhythms swing along in intricate patterns

without ever obeying a regular beat…’ Time
beaten on a drum is eradicated in this piece

composed, while Messiaen was under guard, for
himself (piano), Pasquier (cello), Akoka (clarinet)

and Le Boulaire (violin). In 1976, the group Tashi
recorded the definitive version on the RCA label.

David Wyman's second poetry collection, Violet Ideologies, was published in 2020 by Kelsay Books. His first book Proletariat Sunrise, also published by Kelsay Books, came out in 2017. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Dissident Voice, Blazing Stadium, BlazeVOX, Clockwise Cat, Picaroon Poetry, Down In The Dirt, The Voices Project, Squawk Back, Tuck Magazine, The Aurorean, Zombie Logic Review, S/WORD and Genre: Urban Arts among other publications. He's a fan of Noam Chomsky, jazz guitar and the visionary poetry of William Blake. Read other articles by David.