To Terms (poem)

    To Terms   If it was forgiveness come for Or, if a jar of minutes had been stationed where a centerpiece might go And every staged remark of the conversation got its candy heart with a slogan bitcher, loser, lame-o, snob, martyr, gloater nuisance to others, at sum, unloved tossed in then the […]

The Impresario (part sixteen)

    The Impresario Part Sixteen   “The gatekeeper, then, must be sweetened with a bribe For such a one may at any time be called aside He cannot leave a fire rage or fainting lady lie So, make fair claim to’ve been about his duties… That, Pierre, is what you mean to say.” “Yes!” […]

Bride to Be (part eight)

    Bride to Be (part eight)   I dismounted This tree that marked the knoll had no known like her heart agape at the root, her wood aged white polished to gloss by the antler of the stag the bark of her burnt and lightning stripped the curious leaves we ladies pressed on cloth […]

Away Like Dust (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 13 Nov 2019 in Art, Poems

    Away Like Dust   Several announcements that the hour was at hand were backburnered, the dare administered had been not to face down a seasonal inflatable but to let the season pass with a period as advertisements give ample warning to contemplate on a sofa safety or safely…doing something… It seems unnecessary Saving […]

The Impresario (part fifteen)

Posted by ractrose on 12 Nov 2019 in Art, Poems

The Impresario Part Fifteen   Regalus and Pierre come upon the tail of a mounted entourage Flanked by her knights of her household rides on bearers’ shoulders, a lady in a litter Footmen armed with cudgels seem to relish No less than those well-distanced from their blows The abject cringe of beggars venturing close “Oh, she […]

Bride to Be (part seven)

Posted by ractrose on 11 Nov 2019 in Art, Poems

    Bride to Be (part seven)   If he would be there to meet me I would risk the chase My father in that fretful time keeping me guarded close Such of quandary was my trial, to love and doubt (and that I must, that he was not soft and pious, made me proud) […]

Fortune’s Refugees (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 9 Nov 2019 in Art, Poems

    Fortune’s Refugees   Whether this is the saga [This Is the Saga, the announcer announces, when the solo flute ends and the violins swell] of three generations, in quest of freedom, unless pioneers, then the Civil War factors or the title asks for a sensitive treatment, of WWII…writer? This is the Saga of […]

Enemies (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 6 Nov 2019 in Art, Poems

    Enemies   The way I fall in step is oldest news But don’t ask me, the goods I got, it’s on authority I could quote you the bible…or, how bout? Tell you this, a little fairy story I know you want sympathy, they all do But you listen to me You don’t have […]

The Impresario (part fourteen)

Posted by ractrose on 5 Nov 2019 in Art, Poems

    The Impresario Part Fourteen   “Now you recall I had been telling you How the solicitations of my own Gaspard Were not to be refused…I, most readily Admitting everything, called down, mon frère Heaven’s wrath on my own head Did I omit a word or tell a lie For as against the scaffold, […]

Bride to Be (part six)

Posted by ractrose on 4 Nov 2019 in Art, Poems

    Bride to Be (part six)   Now ask me, did I love him Did I set my mind at schemes, did I discover for the trying, how To the watchtower hill the daughter of a king Might walk as the risen sun, repulsing sight My maid and page in train at my command […]