Arthur: Calmacott’s Brother (part five)

Posted by ractrose on 31 Oct 2018 in Art, Poems

    The Folly Calmacott’s Brother     Arthur   They do not often wish to hear, the ordinary man’s Tale, though I suffer Though I share…Henry Calmacott, is it? Sir, with one or two well-padded aldermen The company of the heathen damned Came to that harsh resolve much sooner than I’d guessed Would cross […]

Her Stay: Haunt of Thieves

Posted by ractrose on 29 Oct 2018 in Art, Poems

    Haunt of Thieves Her Stay   Water weighs the yoked woman Stooped among refugees crowded here Not threatened by grenades hurled from the sentry box They let this trafficker within the gates pass She may return Water she bears reached by a path of heel marks Baked in the mud and useless in […]

My Blog Week: Oct 21 to Oct 27

All the Latest from Torsade!                         It’s the end of week two of Blog Care; I’ve got shy of a hundred posts gone through, and several pages. This Monday’s post was Haunt of Thieves: The Bride; Tuesday, Sequence of Events, with chapter five concluding, […]

The Farmer’s Wife (part two)

Posted by ractrose on 27 Oct 2018 in Art, Poems

    The Folly Calmacott’s Brother     The Farmer’s Wife (part two)   While I bent and cried, right hand Rising to the hammering of my heart Glass out of frames and littering the gravelled floor I cared more for Arthur’s blaming me Says the music makes me deaf His cuttings in their boxes […]

The Farmer’s Wife (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 26 Oct 2018 in Art, Poems

    The Folly Calmacott’s Brother     The Farmer’s Wife (part one)   Mathilda Arthur, you have fallen far behind Chair pulled near the gramophone, needles busy Nellie Melba singing God save the king Seems busy, knitting…quiets the mind But that’s not doing your chores, girl Get out. Get out now. His pigeons, them […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: twenty-seven

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (twenty-seven)                         Two Legends  The miraculous prisoner and the two gunners   Here is an extraordinary story, that of the prisoner, Auguste Sybaris. But, I do not suppose that M. Clerc believed it true, for M. Clerc […]

Calmacott’s Brother (part two)

Posted by ractrose on 24 Oct 2018 in Art, Poems

                            Author’s note: This gentleman turned up in the background of my first illustration for Calmacott’s Brother, so I’m letting him have his moment.       The Folly Calmacott’s Brother     Calmacott’s Brother (two)   It was full dark by […]

The Bride: Haunt of Thieves

Posted by ractrose on 22 Oct 2018 in Art, Poems

    Haunt of Thieves The Bride   All that promised love The slaughtering of her house perfection Of its kind His knowing her this way, exclusion, even language Only famine, or delirium…newly colored Then promise was this sheer ravine That forbade crossing But by inches It must be Toe by toe   One moved […]

My Blog Week: Oct 14 to Oct 20

All the Latest from Torsade!                           October 14’s A Figure from the Common Lot, was the conclusion of the novel, begun on this blog October 1 of last year. On Monday, the first episode of Haunt of Thieves, book two, “The Wayfarer”; Tuesday, […]

🎃Lewis (short story)

Lewis           Sometimes a visitor got onto the property, just as far as stepping over the ditch. The postman only stopped his car, and almost never did, only for bills. It was not a mystery…people knew an old woman lived in the Lewis house, alone. They saw her, but rarely, when […]