For the first time and for the last I beg you:
take me away from here, somewhere
to the islands, over the sea, over the hills,
to the edge of forest, to flowery meadows.
Please, lets move once more
- perhaps the last time, I am dying here
from the lack of air and imagination.
It suffocates me, this crowd
of oblivious and proper people
between eight and four
from Monday to Friday.
2006/7†††††††† ††††† ††††††† ††††††† ††††††† ††††††† ††††††† †††††††
variations on the theme
of J.S. Cotter "Memories"
The burnished leafs of an old gold
Surrey, October, 2008
The flickering lights of houses perched on nearby shore,
itís reflections in peach black waters brings promise of dreams,
longings to unnamed feelings,
vistas and half forgotten memories.
An ancient mariner watches from birdís nest atop
tall ship. His eyes misted from fog and memory.
Will there ever be a warm night by the stove
with wood alight? A hand on his arm as he watches
†ship passing by through a mighty bay?
Ship full of hopes, longings, dreams of lands far away,
exotic harbors bursting with laughter and life?
A flickering lights.
Like pigments of imagination. Young mariner
atop a mast and aged gardener below an apple tree
dream alike. Dream of themselves.
And their dreams are just† flickering lights
mirrored in dark waters of an ancient sea.
After the Deluge I sat and wept
why was I spared as others didn't
was I the Just one, the Pious, the Good?
Was I not as others - my foes and friends alike?
Was I not jealous of my lover,
not greedy in things and obese in thoughts?
Damn you, o Mighty, Powerful One
Damn you, for Life with Death abundant.†††
Your hand floated for a moment
than stopped in midair as if to
suspend an unanswered question
- a word half-spoken half-whispered.
A desire not truly realized,
flower bud before bloom,
lips curved before kiss.
Such is the true timid work of a poet;
to say much more than possible
in conversation with a world,
yet, never reaching the truth.
Dropping words like rain drops
over a meadow o possibilities.
A poetic sentence ends with a colon, not a period
† Vancouverís ĎRose Gardení,† 2009
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