The Impresario (part eight)

    The Impresario Part Eight   Tortu has done no wrong He lays his lute upon the ground and plucks A melancholic melody with his toes A lilting air flutes o’er this, as serpentine In play of arms and sway of hips The Pythoness begins her dance   He cannot bring himself to it […]

Any Random (poem)

    Any Random   Bats that came with the house Obvious, it seems to you, their mouse-like Bodies dig and ratchet, gain rabid access Ogle sonically the misfit window frame Nighttime when in helpless longitude you dream Fang at you under the hairline leaving an itch Beads of foam string from your mouth and […]

Adverse Possession (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 21 Sep 2019 in Art, Poems

    Adverse Possession   Dear cerebral cortex Hors de combat. When we received the news We were shocked and saddened There is not much in the literature One or two articles after long search Found describing therapies Not met with any great success If it won’t offend, or make you feel superstitious (For that’s […]

Her Bid for Freedom (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 18 Sep 2019 in Art, Poems

    Her Bid for Freedom   She could never bear to be herself Dressed in a red coat, dandyish, a cynosure “People stare.” These words were for the angel at her side Known by puckering air, a fragmented hair’s width Or a garment hem One enveloping unseen form Moves through leaves and makes The […]

The Impresario (part seven)

Posted by ractrose on 17 Sep 2019 in Art, Poems

    The Impresario Part Seven   He lifts the doll-woman onto the wagon’s bed At once her small feet prance a pirouette The hunchback has been beaten in the town He must ask his good servant to mark a likeness down One whose fortune Pierre the Seer will uncloak She stands clear for the […]

Remains of Your Legacy (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 16 Sep 2019 in Art, Poems

    Remains of Your Legacy   Your problem is a simple one A constant inside fret, the kind that’s played upon But a good person is…chin up, Winsome, you Maybe a compliant person In event of blackballing, a quiet person Name calling, but never accomplice exposing Can you divide a pie in quarters Eat […]

Purpose No Secret (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 14 Sep 2019 in Art, Poems

    Purpose No Secret   One side having conceded to the other Purpose no secret Unilateral repudiation Circumstance of high emotion   They would not presume Being what they are They know what words are expected   Pressure system measured Extensively Through years of hating Openly   Blatant breach of rules Others take Otherwise […]

World On (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 11 Sep 2019 in Art, Poems

    World On   You picked up the habit preposterous Invited it to octopus upon you like a SciFi nemesis You would rather walk around in this condition Than learn what your face looks like now   Does the word preposterous seem about to cover it? Would we coin cockamamity, cell by cell brain-slaughteration, […]

The Impresario (part six)

Posted by ractrose on 10 Sep 2019 in Art, Poems

    The Impresario Part Six   O, jealousy! Regalus in penance catches Pierre by the sleeve For amid a burst of cries and laughter none had heard The missile strike. Silent Tortu from errands of his own Pads near to Regalus with a bleeding face Pierre’s hand closes over hers, avec tendresse “Boniface!” The […]

A Fall Song (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 6 Sep 2019 in Art, Poems

    A Fall Song   Crown the lost skill with a swatch Of summer’s frost-killed borning Nigh the late season skewer in Hanging moss in diadem Like unpaid tax this sorrowing For loyalty’s contagion Takes thirty days a week per year For charity knit things for sale Embattled she has things to fool Her […]