Give Away the Key (poem)

      Give Away the Key   Let your inside be your outside Inside Are you wedged like an orange, or Do you spill seeds like a pomegranate Are you bored out like a lock that catches Banged out like a short order Is your mind troubled Are you a clever puzzle solver Cleverness […]

The Wayfarer (poem)

      The Wayfarer   Where miles-long grow embattled limbs Above the sea, salt-hardened, east-laden Shading pathways wound through sand and scoured stone Each stone an anvil shape, each tangled crown Untossed by wind The wayfarer, led in hunger by a ghost Stares aloft to see a figure clad in spider webs Rigid with […]

Haunt of Thieves (part three)

      Haunt of Thieves Part Three   Only now the river Bedhokan She whose flowing waters Gain in strength and claim (For there is no answer to her whim; in their season, the iron clouds will rain) a goddess’s Authority to shape the land She cannot in her course be checked by laws […]

From The Impresario (part nineteen)

      The Impresario Part Nineteen   She rubs her cheeks and neck, not for cold If the night feels chill, to her this trial seems welcome She wishes she might bear the world’s pain Enduring all, if by some alchemy He might bide in warmth and tender sleep She slips onto her knees, […]

Note of Glass (poem)

      Note of Glass   Both ordained to meet had threaded each themselves the Past to the Place hers the soul collecting ants and mosses his unfreed, the patriarch beheaded affected lineage in unexpected ways of cashing necks stuck out for losses caps to wear and choices wedded to debt…debt to a woman, […]

Doctrine (poem)

      Doctrine   They said there was a sage and revered man Who for his vows spoke never, but did chant The psalms, his mien aloft of earthly cares And soul among the blessed…this was known A bird of fields, he, counted it a break with God A deeper thing than ordinary sin […]

Who Owns This House (poem)

    Who Owns This House   This room, its walls are painted yellow They call it that, the Yellow Room The corner cabinet…no plane of it Quite fits, the hinges pull My dear, you smile, but I feel the cabinet matters And he will not have sold it It wishes to remain   Who […]

Switch (poem)

      Switch   your living was got by pleasing cats unthreading strings of thin cord and leather letting stains that mark deliberations dashed on places of established quality boundaries where the departed show no signs of rising, stains be left in service to an outreaching new dynamic where the human way, so faulty […]

nothing more (poem)

      nothing more   the very recently departed has some status above corpse and lies untouched unparty to debate whether its last possessions be ruled loot or legacy whether it might be washed, then dressed then buried in situ, an oblong shallow mound under cypress branches in a field of asphodel   the […]

The Answer Is No Answer (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 2 Nov 2023 in Art, Poems

      The Answer is No Answer   9927 6996 3334 upstairs Milton the cold caller does better With notes in his own hand and a pin, a survivor’s pin To finger and his friend Chalmers Feels that he will never laugh Stop this silence, stop it now Animalist nations, their guns broken open […]