The Cleaner Fish and the Dust Mite (poem)

    The Cleaner Fish and the Dust Mite   What have I done My ugly skin did not kill Your friend…you say, she was a goldfish worthy Of all praise Before the cat got her Well (the cleaner fish says) Good goldfish may also be kind My mal-cast eyes, which, with respect, you call […]

Understand (poem)

    Understand    The mystery, the public mystery, of the clan Closeted in a dusty morning room, its shrouds New lifted, drinking coffee in the shimmy Of sunlight through blinds and pushing clouds Shows each face in shining pallor, jowls Full and clear-etched, think of Grandpa nestled Midst the tinsel They have brought him […]

Righteousness (poem)

    Righteousness   They won’t go on horseback The captains have decided even negligible waste points to a fault of decision-making You have to draw the line The small picture should be as clear to your eyes as the distance between these and the scout’s salute throw lives away at least on footholds gain […]

The Impresario (part twenty-one)

    The Impresario Part Twenty-One   A sturdy yeoman parts the throng, striding through Escort to a queenly, doll-like dame Poupée’s grown son with wonder eyes The wax-man’s pallor, Regalus Kneels and cradles in her hand, madame’s Surprised, she asks, “How do you, child?” The lifted face beneath the cowl, surprises her as well […]

A Discourse on a Hairball (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 23 Dec 2019 in Art, Poems

    A Discourse on a Hairball   You’ve undergone a scaling off A weakening, Fish, that drains you of color Your eyes bulge And as you pump along your promenade Point to point from the death’s head diver Always waving To the castle You are like the mouse crushed in the trap In sad […]

Note of Glass (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 20 Dec 2019 in Art, Poems

    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, unpaid […]

The Impresario (part twenty)

Posted by ractrose on 17 Dec 2019 in Art, Poems

    The Impresario Part Twenty   The hour demands chicanery But Pierre’s mood weighs low his spirit He perches on an oaken chest Fine-carved in fingered leaves, knobbed round With acorns…an uncomfortable seat In a house of placid comforts Too excellent withal for a humble man to contemplate With ease, this room, but if […]

The Goldfish Takes a Watery View (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 16 Dec 2019 in Art, Poems

    The Goldfish Takes a Watery View   I would not care for cold soup Are you comforted by your bath of muck? Do your scales absorb the sense of things? In the way my whiskers do? I have seen your kind before You glint Wriggling in filth-tainted water you are heir to filth […]

If Only Others (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 14 Dec 2019 in Art, Poems

    If Only Others   Outed from bark made mulch by thermal shock the beetle takes a chill that starts a frail cough a worm’s meandering charts the tops an infestation census-taker feels the math mid-century young adulthood’s unexpected death on meeting the proboscis of a predatory wasp synthesis in skin and bone above […]

The Impresario (part nineteen)

Posted by ractrose on 10 Dec 2019 in Art, Poems

    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, and […]