Monday, June 13, 2005

Rain Falls on Starved Yard

While I slept, rain. Now a weak sky is soiled sheet
and the strings which are today, this afternoon lie
listless and I imagine myself on a cliff overlooking sea.
Sails perform a jig along asphalt waves, disappear.

Life is a mendicant’s collection of events and our lips,
which mark the hours with description, are a monastery
of igneous words. See landscape rise, assume shape,
flow away, see man cling to his life rafts—see history.

I’m washing dishes, scraping away breakfast, lunch,
returning plates to cupboard, forks and spoons to drawer.
How many times can we sell stale events as virgins
in the marketplace? The water is grey with morning.

The rain returns, falls on back deck. In the flowerbed,
giggling plants are drunk, wind is violin, time impossible.

3 comments:

Pris said...

This is excellent! Well written and wonderful images. Only thing I would suggest is that you don't need 'in the marketplace'. It's already implied and weakens the rest of the line for me. The rest of the poem, I wouldn't touch a thing!

Jill said...

wow.great poem.so assured.

H. W. Alexy said...

Thanks Pris, the suggested change is a good one. Now, how to work it in.

Thank you Jill. This is what I write when I have a day off and we've had a bit of a drought and it should rain, but it won't and I'd better do the dishes from the rest of the day before I begin to barbecue supper (which usually mean it'll rain, though today it won't).

Helm.