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Friday, 19 July 2013

Three Short Poems


1
New boy on the block
CostCutters shop
has opened on the square
and for our anniversary
(Doreen's and mine)
bedecked a corner
that was looking bare
with buckets full of flowers!


2

Ask any local, he will tell
how she has always had
that evil glint in her blind eye
when she been 'bout to flood.

Below the cataract
in that dark pool
you'll see the bones of her
before you see the glint --
the bones Dark Jesse laid
before he had his way with her.

The glint's to say
she's tucked her skirts up high
around her waist -- as Jesse did --
her eyes are down,
the flood of retribution
still to come.


3

I thought the kids had lost it on the square.
High voices raised in squeaky rage:
Fxxx off home, you fXXXXXg wXXXXXr! --
Stuff I'd not heard since playground duty days.

But now, from where I've come to watch -- small
bedroom eyrie looking out between
the acer and the tall (unpruned) forsythia --
an old man slightly staggering,
adjusting spectacles and finger combing hair
makes for the safety of the shop.

The shopkeeper comes out to comfort him --
arm round the shoulder sort of thing --
before a youth (inelegant) appears.

The two men remonstrate. He starts to sing.


Written for Tony's Mix and Match prompt at dVerse Poets. It relates to the "Short Poem" prompt of March 3 2013.

50 comments:

Ygraine said...

These are super, Dave...all three.
My favourite, though, is the third.
It tells the sad story of our times...the lack of respect...the aggression.
The last line "the two men remonstrate. He starts to sing" is brilliant. It packs such a punch.
Oh how I love these:)

Happy Anniversary Dave and Doreen:)

Brian Miller said...

hiya....so by the first, is it your anniversary as well? pretty cool they flowered it up for you eh? smiles. that last one tells a whole story...nice tension and resolution...i am glad they can come together in the end...

Mary said...

I like your short poems, Dave. So you have CostCutters there too now? How nice that there are now flowers where once it was bare.

The second poem is an interesting character study, ad I sense there is more there than meets the eye.

And yes, cool that the third situation had a musical ending.

Happy Anniversary to both of you, Dave.

Claudia said...

smiles..happy anniversary...we just celebrated our 25th... and oh heck...the second one is dark....yikes...

rallentanda said...

Happy anniversary to you and Doreen.
Hope you celebrated with buckets of flowers and all things nice!

Rachna Chhabria said...

I loved all the three poems, Dave. Short and sweet.

Björn said...

Happy anniversary... I think ours is coming up ... 30 years (but we both forget the date)... As a lover of darks I really liked the second one.. really dark. Short poems are fun to write.

Helen said...

Happy Anniversary! Wishing you many more years of love, happiness AND on a selfish note .. the gift of your poetry!

Grace said...

Happy anniversary to you & yours Dave ~

The second part is dark character, excellent portrayer of the girl ~

The third is a contrast and that ending line is superb ~ How fast times have changed ~

Poet Laundry said...

That first one is a nice surprise! Hope you enjoyed it :-) Nice shorts!

ninotaziz said...

I really enjoyed this, partly because I am not good at studying characters. And when it is so well done, in superb story telling form, I pay attention. And learn.

Carl said...

Hi Dave -

Three for the price of one. Great reads. I think the first was my favorite.

Tommaso Gervasutti said...
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Tommaso Gervasutti said...

They give that immediate impact of the great haikus even if they are, not much, longer.

The Weaver of Grass said...

These are well observed Dave.

Mama Zen said...

"But now, from where I've come to watch -- small
bedroom eyrie looking out between
the acer and the tall (unpruned) forsythia "

I just love that. I could picture it so clearly.

deejayzed said...

happy anniversary :)

And your two last poems were really amazing. I especially liked the second one because of how dark, chill it is...as well as being completley mysterious and complicated as well.

Gerry Snape said...

I love all three Dave but the first strikes a familiar chord...good to use yet something in me hopes for more than costcutters!!!

rumoursofrhyme said...

Three fine shorts, Dave. Happy Anniversary to you two as well; it was ours on Monday - shared with Claudia.

Each of your poems says something about human nature in all its diversity, and reminds us that not everything is as it first appears.

kaykuala said...

Some powerful confrontation between two men all on account of a woman. Happens all the time. Great observation Dave!

Hank

FrankandMary said...

Maybe you write better near your anniversary. You've been feted above, well deserved. ~Mary

mindlovemisery said...

Oh wow Dave! That second poem you blew me away with your words, brilliant

Happy Anniversary =)

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A Cuban In London said...

A beautiful trilogy which starts on a romantic note and ends in a very realistic tale of our times. Many thanks.

Greetings from London.

SaraV said...

Wow Dave--a full set of winners here-love the flowers decorating the corner and the vivid images everywhere. Very impressive :-)

sharplittlepencil.com said...

Dave, the first poem has a sweet whimsy... the third possesses that humanity I crave in poetry. And the singing, what an ending!

Congrats on your anniversary and on the feature at Poets United. Wish we knew more about you just as a person, but more than willing to soak up what you have to offer as a poet. Peace, Amy

Dave King said...

Thank you so much to everyone for all the good wishes to Doreen and I. We had a very quiet 55th anniversary, necessitated by my health I fear, but no less enjoyable for that, and appreciated all your kind thoughts.

Dave King said...

I take the point made by sharplittlepencil and will see what I can do, though finding time is a little difficult just now.

jabblog said...

Each poem a gem, so different in character. The first, cheerful - and congratulations to you and Doreen - 55 years is a wonderful achievement.

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Jess Holmes said...

Having worked with many short poems as an editor of a literary magazine, I have to say I'm very impressed with these. The transitory nature between the first and the last poems makes them flow together, though they each stand alone as great pieces. Thanks for sharing these!

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