Saturday, March 20, 2010

The poet-fool writes of love

The poet-fool is Someone's, who
tweezers out the slack from lock-stitch seams.

But her smile undoes this mischief well-mended,
and his motley britches fall

not once, but again and again.

The poet-fool is Someone's, who
pliers back the bend in hallowed rods.

But her wink unhinges this resolve re-steeled,
and his jester's scepter snaps

not once, but again and again.

The poet-fool is Someone's, who
teeters up the stones of toppled towers.

But her touch unglues this hubris troweled high,
and his bell-on-felt crown flops

not once, but again and again.

Sweet Someone coos, I want none of this,
and yet the poet-fool knows he does.


Jenny Enochsson said...

The ego, a peculiar thing, innit? I think it is a western construction and not something constant.

I like the arch smile reflected between these lines. Nothing wrong with being a fool. At least, I hope it isn't as I often feel like one! :)

Anonymous said...

Interesting, the poet. Elusive and hidden romanticism behind layers of even the most edgy poet. Hmm, Jenny I have been in many places and Swedes are the least egoistic people in the world. No wonder equality is highly ranked. People would never dare to be egoistic in Sweden. I love Sweden for this, but the country can also be annoying.

I agree with you, the ego is just an invention. Which brain cell holds the ego?

Marisol said...

Para escribir sobre el amor hay que estar un poco loco y tener alma de poeta.
Muchos saludos berlineses.

human being said...

this is very important to know what we really want...
so the poet-fool is so wise... the last line in a way defies the image shaped while reading the previous lines...

liked this work very much...

Francis Scudellari said...

@Jenny Ego is definitely more pronounced in Western cultures, and I think it's exalted here in the US. I think that self-awareness is the key. As long as we recognize when we're foolish, it can lead to a kind of wisdom.

@PO It's very hard to completely rid ourselves of that romanticism. It gets ingrained at an early age.

@Marisol I am definitely un poco loco ;). Saludos!

@Human_Being Thank you. It's in the contradictions we can find hope.

Anonymous said...

Who is the poet? A fool? Yes probably. You taught me about who the poet is.

Francis Scudellari said...

I think we're all fools in some way, but the poet makes his foolishness sound nice :). Thanks for reading.

Claude Limoges said...

Brilliant iambic tetrameter. A very satisfying Dickinsonian poem full of flirts with truth.