Archive for: December, 2010

Uncategorized December 19, 2010

DECEMBER ROSES

     I How peaceful can coexistence be? Chilling the blush of the rose Drawing faint heat from its cheeks The crystalline coldness melts Unique designs are lost. This trinity is miracle enough  Beetle, Bud, Ice. What god would intervene? This the majestic cruel purpose?      II Snowing again I trudge across our street

Uncategorized December 13, 2010

DEEP AND CRISP AND EVEN

Thaw follows frost; hard on the heel of spring Treads summer sure to die, for hard on hers Comes autumn with his apples scattering; Then back to wintertide, when nothing stirs.      (A. E. Housman’s translation of Horace Odes 4.7) _______________ GAYTHORNE ROAD, WEST BOWLING As a boy in Bradford, I lived just 100

Uncategorized December 6, 2010

SONG OF THE KITCHEN-TABLE LEAR

       Each a good egg or an empty shell     What can these portraits silently tell     Something of culture or civilization     These wafer-thin waifs sans fertilization?     Storm in an eggcup – Lear and his clown –     One’s kept his Motley, one’s lost his crown.     There’s drama revealed in all