[lit-ideas] Re: Sunday Poem

  • From: "Stan Spiegel" <writeforu2@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 01 Jan 2006 13:51:43 -0500

Hi David -

The poetry you've crafted here is quite compelling. It deserves to be saved. I 
hope you're saving your work, not just tossing it off and forgetting it.

admiring in
Portland, Maine
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: david ritchie 
  To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Sunday, January 01, 2006 4:12 AM
  Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: Sunday Poem

  One day I'll be able to make words mean more,
  to squeeze and twist fruit to the encore,
  but until then the rind's zest is it,
  the finish, the whole, the bow,
  except pulp.

  Nor pussy, nor weeping,
  our gift willow is a dragon's claw,
  salix matsudana "Tortuosa,"
  growing twisted because--
  in the intelligent design of gardens,
  a crooked way trumps the straight.

  Wind, willow and cold,
  got together for an ancient dance.
  Through the night,
  it left the willow stripped, 
  naked, leafless,
  a Merlin's stick, 
  green about the trunk,
  rooted between death and resurrection.

  There followed a flock of finches,
  light-breasted, black-capped,
  old-fashioned judges, 
  stopping for lunch where magnetism and desire direct.

  And then E.R. Dr. S. came down the mountain,
  stretched around the edges.
  I made for her a new dish, of my own invent,
  ginger and butter and marmalade
  glaze on seared tuna,
  the rawness in the middle
  exactly to her taste.

  But she ate little,
  instead sat at our piano,
  played and made a rare host of mistakes.

  It turned out her FEMA friend
  had become
  a physician suicide.

  And that is that,
  and this is this,
  the twisted willow,
  closes the show.

  David Ritchie
  Portland, Oregon 

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