making the page

making the page

Orphee
still from Cocteau’s ‘Testament of Orpheus’, the third movie of his Orphee trilogy

i tend to
write
mornings now
must be a
move up
from younger
days when only
night suited the
secret passing of
words to paper
a mother’s gift on
a seventeenth birthday
a blue typewriter
Consul brand ‘the
‘blue consul’ a
painter friend
called it
the how to type
manual i worked
my afternoon
way through
over weekends
evenings when
everyone else had
turned off whatever
was on or were
nodding before
the embers
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bringing the nocturne

bringing the nocturne

Frederic_Chopin_photo
One of the only 2 known photos of Frédéric Chopin

on these days
of deep rain
i wish for
nothing else
that Chopin
should push
open the door
flick water off
his sleeves
dab his
handkerchief
reflectively
round the face
reminded every
second it looks
of a loss
a stirring
a land harpooned
by its neighbours
loss
the owl
that lorded it over
him on forest branch
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remembering Don Juan

remembering Don Juan*                                                           

New mexico
Photo by courtesy of foxdreams.com, personal web site of the Trahan family of Albuquerque

each   on a  corner   of silence
in the train
heart   like a face   f a l l I n g
amidst  dark hair
i   ride   the    p a l e    sl e ep
oblivious the wall  of     feature
the city  stands me  to
until dream    the violent bird
unsnares itself
takes   me   awing                see
a verandah,    the  slow bake of
shade   going down on    white plastered
walls,  a    d e s e r t   burned   o u t
into   lo o s ened   thorn,
mountains   carved   from the emptied
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