Saturday, June 10, 2006

Homage to Shawna McLeod

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Anonymous C-Dog said...

There's something about this that's organic.

11:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At the end of the garden walk

the wind and its satellite wait for me;

their meaning I will not know

until I go there,

but the black-hatted undertaker



who, passing, saw my heart beating in the grass,

is also going there. Hi, I tell him,

a great squall in the Pacific blew a dead poet

out of the water,

who now hangs from the city gates.



Crowds depart daily to see it, and return

with grimaces and incomprehension;

if its limbs twitched in the air

they would sit at its feet

peeling their oranges.



And turning over I embrace like a lover

the trunk of a tree, one of those

for whom the lightning was too much

and grew a brilliant

hunchback with a crown of leaves.



The ailments escaped from the labels

of medicine bottles are all fled to the wind;

I've seen myself lately in the eyes

of old women,

spent streams mourning my manhood,



in whose old pupils the sun became

a bloodsmear on broad catalpa leaves

and hanging from ancient twigs,

my murdered selves

sparked the air like the muted collisions



of fruit. A black dog howls down my blood,

a black dog with yellow eyes;

he too by someone's inadvertence

saw the bloodsmear

on the broad catalpa leaves.



But the furies clear a path for me to the worm

who sang for an hour in the throat of a robin,

and misled by the cries of young boys

I am again

a breathless swimmer in that cold green element.



© Irving Layton

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