Back Pocket Book Entry 26


Gitana, age has stolen your wander from you

and left you with need for apparatus

merely to stroll cashier to chair

with coffee.

How many falsities ran the marathon of the face

while verities remained

at starting line?

Which of your stories and sayings

have lapped

the tables and campfires

the most?

And strategy speediest to get where

you are

with a few cents

and strides left?

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8 thoughts on “Back Pocket Book Entry 26

  1. So lovely–the idea of age stealing the wander. (I don’t mean that it’s lovely, but that the wording is lovely!)

    • This post exposes a lot of where I get my inspiration from :https://kjpgarcia.wordpress.com/2011/10/05/straight-to-screen-a-peek-inside/

      But I’ve also been exploring my notion of the Outscape. This is in reaction to Hopkins’ Inscape. I’m trying to explore identification not identity through interaction with the other. For example: steel being at the whim nature shows steel as inherently weak despite its desire to show the strength to close all the gaps of this world. Also, Basho’s notion of lightness coincides with my desire for a gentleness within the poem.

      Mostly, I just keep reading but I have very severe slant towards the French, Russian and Middle Eastern writers of the late 19th century to today.

  2. This is classic — one of the best poems!

    “How many falsities ran the marathon of the face
    while verities remained
    at starting line?’

    What a great line! Doesn’t unbalance the poem but strengthens it — and followed by just the right complement:

    “Which of your stories and sayings
    have lapped
    the tables and campfires
    the most?”

    Excellent!

  3. Hi. I like the idea that even though the physical person can no longer do ‘laps’, their stories (what they have done) still continue, vigorous as ever…. Have you published any of your poems??? Jane

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