Come Back (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 23 Aug 2017 in Art, Poems

Pastel drawing of family at restaurant table




Come Back


Come back to the eatery you’d picked

Memory in the folder of un-wholly-spoiled success

Cowardice and obligation, avoiding death

Hands of the simple good that itch

For prey to stop along the way

Our subject jokes in a beggarly way

The cowed man bringing his cowed children

To take their table

The token-seers tip the wink


The soup is this

Secrecy, gadgetry, anecdote

Control of

Flattery, magic day, fallacy

Meting of


Shoulder it

Because the color is at times a color

And the sign may be a sign

And Time, as it passes, notches down

And broadens like a rock slide in a canyon

Like a flood that drowns the corn

Leaving you to start again


Again the cauldron stirrer

Having inherited the work

Can’t hear you cry





Oil Painting of knight holding spear in skeletal hand albatross in background















(2017, Stephanie Foster)




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