I’ve had a blast the last couple days rediscovering several poems I wrote for the class I mentioned a couple of days ago in this post. Before I put my chapbook back on the shelf, I thought I’d take the opportunity to share one of my personal favorites. George asked us to take out a piece of paper and write down two words. Any two words. He then collected the papers and wrote the words on the board in some random haphazard fashion. Our task was to take the words and write a poem.
In an odd sort of way, my poem almost makes sense. Enjoy!
I relish snowberries and frankfurters
on honey-scented buns
All I eat is solemn and majestic
with scents and tastes that linger
Long past the conjugation of
spaghetti, peculiar, incandescent
Even among tables peopled in vain
with throbbing chrysanthemums
And a lone iris, and a solitary
daffodil, and sweet-pickle relish
With gothic mushrooms gusseted
in root beer bottles, “How absurd!”
I lick the salt, barnacled on the
table leg by drooling Sylvia
In the darkness one lonely, Van Gogh
evening, drowned in lilies
While a bearded seal, its tongue moist, slathers
Delia with sandpaper kisses.