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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Calmacott’s Brother (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 19 Oct 2018 in Art, Poems

    The Folly Calmacott’s Brother         Calmacott’s Brother (part one)   Maybe we were not fit Not fit to live nor fit to die A sower’s superfluity made as the parable’s seed An abortion or a sturdy weed…howsoever Heaven wills it Struck wherever we might fall So the waters close To […]

The Folly (poem-story)

Posted by ractrose on 17 Oct 2018 in Art, Poems

      The Folly   I appreciate I’ve been not working hard I’ve been accused of haunting without spirit   Always a proper subject at a dinner Always a diner eager to try himself Sorrowing eyes that by mid-course will make themselves Felt in the bones, couched in marbles in stucco ‘Ugly as sin,’ […]

Haunt of Thieves: The Wayfarer

Posted by ractrose on 15 Oct 2018 in Art, Poems

      Haunt of Thieves Book Two         II.   The Wayfarer   Where miles-long grow embattled limbs Above the sea, salt-hardened, east-laden Shading pathways wound through sand and scoured stone Every stone an anvil shape, each tangled crown Untossed by wind The wayfarer, led in hunger by a ghost Stares […]

Purity (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 13 Oct 2018 in Art, Poems

      Purity   Can you be more use to the world? Wend into your twilight and return your minerals The tab-man counts the unatoned dollar Spent to see firsthand A grateful Europe wrought upon by science You accept that power seeks its balance That men of vision won all this for you You […]