I have been working on this post's poem for some time and I am still not sure it works. The basic premise is that a character in a story can live forever in the minds of those that read their tale.
I had been thinking of the Epic of Gilgamesh, the world's oldest recorded story. Of how the hero, Gilgamesh, lived first in the mouths of the story tellers then in the heads of those who read of his life.
After the sacking, the final fall,
abandoned in Nineveh's library
there had been a time of nothingness,
not quite pitch black, unfeeling for sure.
Stasis, he later learned while lodged in a head
rubbing shoulders with new concepts.
It was all so different from being on the lips,
in the thoughts, on the tongues of story tellers
his tale, his epic spoken of and retold
all across the then known world.
He had lived in their minds
each time his legend was told,
recreated in each consciousness
for the length of time they listened,
appreciated his dilemmas.
Then he had not realised those clay tablets,
patiently pressed cuneiform
would bestow the immorality he craved,
would convey him into the future
this everlasting now he lives in
each time someone reads his history.
I think I need to work on the poem some more. What do you think?
Yesterday a friend sent me a video of The Boxtops singing The Letter, splendid musicUntil next time.