Wrong Again (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 29 Jan 2017 in Art, Poems

    Wrong Again   This was better, more sensitive. But so much silence in his conversation-mate Must be a warning. “I’ve learned not to apologize.” He thought, Why me? A line of inquiry that promised to go badly. “You’ve learned not to apologize,” she said. The topic seemed to want a change of scene. […]

A Chatterbug’s Memoires (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 18 Jan 2017 in Art, Poems

    A Chatterbug’s Memoires   Before self-anointing try a means test Have conference with the ash tree’s railing leaves The dying fighter not yet wholly girdled A corpse of heartwood chip by chip stripped clean Bad tidings brought by an agent of the bourse Make every act of treason underpay Chapters of a chatterbug’s […]

The Impresario: part seven

Posted by ractrose on 14 Jan 2017 in Art, Poems

    The Impresario Part Seven   He lifts the doll-woman onto the wagon’s bed At once her small feet prance a pirouette The hunchback has been beaten in the town He must ask his good servant to mark a likeness down One whose fortune Pierre the Seer will uncloak She stands clear for the […]

The Impresario: part six

Posted by ractrose on 7 Jan 2017 in Art, Poems

    The Impresario Part Six   O, jealousy! Regalus in penance catches Pierre by the sleeve For amid a burst of cries and laughter none had heard The missile strike. Silent Tortu from errands of his own Pads near to Regalus with a bleeding face Pierre’s hand closes over hers, avec tendresse “Boniface!” The […]

The Cause (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 1 Jan 2017 in Art, Poems

    The Cause   You an islet, witness to an hour of rising You a fleer and a tunneler You at times overroofed by another’s Wasted heat Hate discovers you One of these will speak against you And the worst of these Enflamed the mind an empty fuel tank of fumes Swings a stick […]