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poems and photographs 22

 

(photographs: Tom Davis)


 

Saturday, October 4, 2008

 

blonde

actor, Strange Shadows

 

 

 

 

strange shadows

 

Eros:

I am the fire round which the planets turn. I am the heat that holds the sun in place. I am the angel of coincidence. I am the rock on which your world is based. The person that you think you are, each of you, the Barbie doll to which you give your love, each of you, it is my plastic plaything. My toy, my dream, mine to discard or destroy. This you that you love, it is fluff, it is fiction. I can blow it away.


From the play Strange Shadows, by Deirdre Burton and Tom Davis

 

 

 

 


Friday, October 3, 2008

 

rose

 

 

 

 

 

epitaph

 

oh rose, oh perfect paradox: desire
unsleeping, though so many eyes
are closed


Rainer Maria Rilke, transl Tom Davis

Rilke died at the age of 51, believing that his death was to be from blood poisoning as the result of having been pricked by a rose thorn.
He wrote this epitaph for himself.

Note on the translation

 

 

 

 


Thursday, October 2, 2008

 

onions

 

 

 

 

 

valentine

 

Not a red rose or a satin heart.

I give you an onion.
It is a moon wrapped in brown paper.
It promises light
like the careful undressing of love.

Here.
It will blind you with tears
like a lover.
It will make your reflection
a wobbling photo of grief.

I am trying to be truthful.

Not a cute card or kissogram.

I give you an onion.
Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips,
possessive and faithful
as we are,
for as long as we are.


Carol Ann Duffy

 

 

 

 


Wednesday, October 1, 2008

a new blog: scamels

 

thistles

 

 

 

 

 

thistles

 

Against the rubber tongues of cows and the hoeing hands of men
Thistles spike the summer air
And crackle open under a blue-black pressure.

Then they grow grey like men.
Mown down, it is a feud. Their sons appear
Stiff with weapons, fighting back over the same ground.


Ted Hughes

 

 

 

 


Tuesday, September 30, 2008

 

purple

 

 

 

 

 

purple white

 

Out of the purple drifts,
From the shadow sea of night,
On tides of musk a moth uplifts
Its weary wings of white.
Is it a dream or ghost
Of a dream that comes to me,
Here in the twilight on the coast,
Blue cinctured by the sea?
Fashioned of foam and froth --
And the dream is ended soon,
And lo, whence came the moon-white moth
Comes now the moth-white moon!


Frank Dempster Sherman

 

 

 

 


Monday, September 29, 2008

 

sunset

 

 

 

 

 

the double bass

 

He is a drunk leaning companionably
Around a lamp post or doing up
With intermittent concentration
Another drunk's coat.

But close your eyes and it is sunset
At the edge of the world. It is the language
Of dolphins, the growth of tree-roots,
The heart-beat slowing down.


John Fuller

 

 

 

 


Sunday, September 28, 2008

 

aspidistra

aspidistra (Westmere, late September 2008)

 

 

 

 

my mind is full of aspidistras

 

I. My mind is full of aspidistras. I went to the house of the glorious witch. We ate hummingbirds' eggs and small slices of persimmon glazed with honey. I wanted her to teach me how to fly, but all I could say was 'aspidistras'. In the courtyard, hummingbirds hummed—a sad tale of missing eggs. I took the hand of the glorious witch. We walked together among the persimmon trees. 'Teach me how to dream of aspidistras,' I begged her. She laughed her honey-glazed laugh and then, and then, we were flying like hummingbirds, high above the courtyard.

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III. Two days ago I was floating beneath the surface wondering whether to come up for air and today I'm all hummingbirds. My garden is full of persimmons and cups of spaghetti. I have flown with a witch until breakfast. A man from Japan made a white stucco room disappear which has got to be a good thing. I have played with mules and danced through aspidistras. Our minds, unfortunately, have minds of their own. Three hummingbirds. All humming.


From Janis Freegard, Three Hummingbirds

 

 

 

 


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