for Seamus Heaney
Dim and almost blue the owl glowers
and marsupials rustle amongst the leaf-litter
fresh and crisp. Outside it is so bright
the day risks over-exposure. A line of visitors
hesitates just inside the entrance,
eyes dilate, drink the dark
(leaving, the light shocks them shut).
A dimly lit sign suggests
its a negative world night
will bring daylight into the nocturnal house,
and with it a haunting quiet.
The Rabbiters: A Pastoral
for Douglas Barbour
That the Theocritan ute has been versed
in country things seems obvious, the velour
on the dashboard crazy with fresh air
rushing through the doorless cabin, the cursed
skies blackened by night. Though a moon lurks
somewhere and the spotlight cutting through
the burn-back of summer detects the jerks
of nerves and tissue the rabbits out to chew
the burnt prongs of stubble, the halogens
conflagration filling the omni-screens
within their eyeballs the crack and whine
of a triple two mocks its rituals, a sign
of fading influence in a field where gravity
is a neck chop and the poem is framed by levity.
The Melody Haunts My Reverie...
i.m.m. Roy Lichtenstein 1923 - 1997
1. Oh, Jeff... I love you too... but...
We Rose Up Slowly... As
if we didnt belong
to the outside world
any longer... like swimmers
in a shadowy dream...
who didnt need
& the sun
breathless we rose up
in a shower
mapping our star-signs
on the insides
of our eyelids
shadows & sharks
our hair as slick
2. Okay, Hot-Shot, Okay! Im Pouring!
You cant expect
to feel comfortable
with a track record
they know your vinyl
face in the pawn shops:
disco balls & fluffy dice,
baseball bats & pompoms,
crushed velvet &
chrome exhaust systems
& YOU an ace!
are obvious sex
IS parody & love
an air to air missile
into your myth