Monday, April 16, 2012

A Tender Heart Screams From The Ventricles: Excerpts From The Colin Frape Poetry Omnibus


For Spring

Oh Spring
Oh, Oh Spring


The trees
are as green
as anything —

like miniature lettuces
on fondu forks
of wintered, splintered
bark —

in these opening chapters
of spring,
oh, spring,
oh, oh.

I may find
a dead badger
as I walk here
in this glade

and yet,
I hope also not so
for I find
all talk of death
so
disconcerting
(oh, oh).

Rather I would chance
up-
on
a living badger,
inevitably to die later,
but not now,
or a rabbit.

Spring
is a time
for growth and animals,
not dying.

There is a sparrow
in a tree
and I am humbled.

It perches there,
in its tree
(in all birds’ tree)
(next to a lettuce —
a kind of traditional one,
neither ‘iceberg’ nor ‘rocket’
nor anything genetically modified.)

It is here,
resplendent.

Then it flies off
into the O’er,
the beat of its wings
suggesting a healthy heart
and a distant nest
speaking (chirping!)
of eggs
and love
and a mate
of the opposite sex
(because gay birds,
though deserving of any spring wood,
cannot lay eggs
without invasive human intervention).

Summer will engulf
this moment
with its mustard roar,
its bikinis
and its coverage of the 2012 London Olympics
like an invader
(though it isn’t
actually
that).

Which is why
the seasons merge,
always —
yet also why I am
Spring’s champion this day.

I know these lettuces will bloom,
must bloom,
cannot help but bloom from their trees,
and I will remember this spring
as a treasured thing
which happened once
and then was gone.

But now,
that isn’t the case
(technically)
so I am filled with joy
and wonder —
wonder of this spring,
oh, oh, oh, oh.

4 comments:

Old Kitty said...

Oh oh oh!

Oh my giddy aunt!

Oh me oh my!

Take care
x

fairyhedgehog said...

Magical. I'm sure I can hear my heart's ventricles screaming.

Whirlochre said...

Old Kitty
Shame these words never found their way into any of the Bee Gees' hits...

Hog of Aortic Spellbindiness
Not bad considering you're technically "in space".

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