Search This Blog

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Fast Day 145 March 11 2010 {Richard Roe}

Richard Roe

we people looked at him:
as rain to earth
as river to sea
fast lightning of our desire!
drinking him in with
hickey eyes!

inexperienced in time
babies and shadow children,
wandering mendicants of our age:
the gods and scapegoats,
prince and thief, maid
and crone.

harvester with scythe
works in the fields:
rattler in the grass!
the feller's master stroke
of finality!
endlessly discussed...

bones of hand,
rings aquamarine,
and onyx eyes!

gazelle boy in the wild
ceded to the desert
and raised around the water holes
of Tassili N'ajjer...
Olive tree hearts
and desert wadi veins.

Abraham in the desert,
Haggar, mother of Ishmael
forgotten; would the Pequod
boldly go - cannibal ship,
chased with bones -
whereto no man before ?

rain to earth,
river to sea,
far horizon lightning.

babies are
shadow's kids...
beggars of fate,
gods and goats,
princes and thieves,
maids and crones.

bones of hand,
rings aquamarine,
and onyx eyes!

gazelles, eagles!
far-sighted hawks!
by gravity and fate!...
rattlesnakes and cobras,
and gravity and fate!
pallid blue rings
upon claws sardonyx!


Roe is a name often heard in our days. Given the great deal of attention and discussion, one might think there was a good deal of poetry about Roe vs. Wade. However, I am not familiar with any, but I suppose it is out there.

hickey - either (1) a love hickey, or (2) Hickey in The Iceman Cometh.

bones of hand...etc.   "We all begin as a bundle of bones lost somewhere in a desert, a dismantled skeleton that lies under the sand."   Clarissa Pinkola Estes  - a quote which strikes me with awesome intentionality, although I have not read much else by this person.

No comments: