Saturday, August 1, 2009

Jeffrey Side

Plaster Piece

The sky-blue plaster piece
you chose because I touched it,
you will always keep.
You like to spend the days with me.

The Sunday I first took you
on plastic with red button lens
you turned out well.
The air was cold, but it was shining.

And the round crowned church
held you in its circle
and calmed you at my side.

You take photos on the light.

On Hot Summer Nights

I declared my love to her
and she turned herself away.
But I will surely offer it
again to her someday.

She lived on her own
near to where I was born.
And though I never told her
to her I was sworn.

On hot summer nights
when trapped in my flat
I’d wander out to see her
wherever it was that she sat.

But she was with another
who went there for to hide.
And many distances he had travelled
to lay his baggage at her side.

Stiff Chain And Taut Rope

I think there has to be a return
to basics.
And I want to love you in some
untold part.
Where will you be when the
table turns?

You ripped the pages of a book
I misunderstood.
You proved my case wrong.
I licked your boots.

I have to wash my face three
times a day.
And my muscles
won’t get me out of my bed.

I’m always rocking on
these pre-Raphaelite women
who live upstairs from me.

You go from trousers to trousers
like a carrot.
And I watch you dry up like a well.

The light outside is like Matisse.
The light inside is off.
Are you really structured by
your biology?
Or are you something
more remarkable?

There’s too much noise here.
Loud neighbours are louder
when you know them.
She left her fingernails
on the floor.


I watched you gather goldenrod in the fields.
I watched you swimming in the forest.
And I watched you keeping your hands
upon your knees.

You breathe like a scientist.
And your breath becomes the count of dreams.
You smell as sweet as the secondhand books
you throw away.
And you write in longhand on paper before the
woods run out.

And the caverns in the earth are not singing.
And I cannot walk around the laboratory.
And I cannot rest my fingers.
And I cannot stay in when the sun is out.

I used to think you were a gift to the experimenters.
I used to think you were a gift to the men fighting
for their home.

Or the men who cry on the heath and moors.
Or the men who fall in the underground.
Or the men who wait for us when the clock stops.

I watched you gather goldenrod in the fields.
The sun was escaping from your hair and your feet
were deep in the wet grass.

And your arms were filled with goldenrod.

I'm Counting On Your Licking

You have chosen wisely
the wrong man.
Don’t count your chickenshe hasn’t.

He has married before
And controlled
his birth.

No need for him
to change his goals.

-all poems previously published in Laura Hird

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