Mahler and Freud Meet in Leiden I:II:12 – Spem reduxit

Mahler and Freud Meet in Leiden, Part One, II:12

Your Toxes and your Chickses may draw out

my two front double teeth, Mrs. Richards, but that’s

no reason why I need offer ‘em the whole set.

— Susan Nipper, in Dickens’s Dombey and Son, III

Now the dead must rise

From the little Loyalist cemetery on King Street

And repopulate the generations, so that

Reverence has rationale, and rejection purpose,

To vindicate an ossification of arrival without departure,

 Notre-Dame-de-Québec, 1832. (Courtesy: Université de Moncton)

Notre-Dame-de-Québec, 1832. (Courtesy: Université de Moncton)

The amalgamation of degeneration with delusion,

And deceit with unearned entitlement.

Samuel de Champlain may lie beneath the basilica

Of Notre-Dame-de-Québec, but even in his grave he moved on

After a Christmas death, leaving all to the Virgin Mary.

But the abandonment of Île Ste-Croix presaged

A cruel and clear awareness, the next readiness to assure

The viceroyalty of New France.

Order of Good Cheer, 1606, by C.W. Jeffreys, 1925

Order of Good Cheer, 1606, by C.W. Jeffreys, 1925

Above the bay, No Order of Good Cheer flourishes,

The Loyalist hinterland suckling its recollections of fealty

And slaves, the skeletal coronets of history languishing

At this place of refuge, partitioned from progress,

Indifference perfected by the indolence of insularity.

Their bones are beyond restoration, their

Silent serenity shrivelled with the damage of semblances;

Neither pieced together by glory, nor the inheritors

Of the touchstone of history, the ghosts of time

Only are only remembered and touched for their emptiness.

Île Ste-Croix (Courtesy: Université de Moncton)

Île Ste-Croix (Courtesy: Université de Moncton)

Loyalist Burial Ground, King Street, St. Stephen, NB (Courtesy: Canadian Historical Places)

Loyalist Burial Ground, King Street, St. Stephen, NB (Courtesy: Canadian Historical Places)

St. Stephen, NB, 30 December 2008

Canadian Literature (Vancouver, BC), 207, 10 (2010)

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