Thursday, January 20, 2011

poem: [Fell off Dante, the ground was harder than I thought]

[Poem inspired by a line from the Nebula Girl and a rough fall . . . ]

Fell off Dante, the ground was harder than I thought,
Dismal maritimes in these dying days

Italian cadences rhyming
the ridges
In my head,
circling fires

The exquisite surprise of
fire and ice

ridicule of the western slopes
hiding the ancient ways

we seem so far gone

when the half-sized minds

echo the final dialing down,

final dialtones you
in your frenzy to equestriate
your life
to the barely living,
chasms best left unsaid
she was a quandary, an abyss,
pas de deux of commiserating dragons

in the nestled eye

sliding down a river of doom

the wastrel gods

in search of food and home

their last mermaid selves

so much more than what

they bargained for
the miserable little experiments

tinkering in the woodshop

I carved an eden,
sez the one,

& the plenties answer

In banal chorus to the hallelujah babies

Crying terror crying

Misguided simplicity

Crying the endless dimes

Excuses middened
In gorgeous green
tax tables
of the hobbled saints.



Blogger Teresa said...

Love the last four lines. This is such an interesting poem. How does one midden excuses? Do you get bucked off if you equestriate in a frenzy? It is all such a big green (and possibly purple) mystery.

10:56 PM  
Blogger murat11 said...

Teresa: The first line was a Facebook posting by a former student, who is also an equestrian; Dante is her horse. The line jumped right out at me, crying out for a poem. Not sure how the excuses rolled in, but midden called out to be used as a verb. I would say yes to your equestriating hypothesis, and the whole roy g. biv of mysteries.

11:10 PM  
Blogger Teresa said...

And here I was thinking Italian poet guides (and maybe piggy-back carriers). I think that midden is a lovely verb, and I am sure that many student excuses should be middened. Glad I got the equestriating right, and mysteries are best with roy g. biv.

12:37 AM  
Blogger murat11 said...

Teresa: Dante is certainly worth at least double meanings.

5:41 AM  
Blogger Dee Martin said...

I started to comment before I read the other comments and now my questions are (I think) answered. Who is the Nebula Girl that inspires such? And was the fall part of the poem or did you? Cool that students, present or former can be a spark to write.
Had to look up middened...very appropriate verb for excuses...
I loved the line "exquisite surprise of fire and ice" and "dialtones you miss in your frenzy to equestriate your life to the barely living"
So many lines to love - I picture dragons in ballet slippers doing their best impression of Fantasia singing a show tune about wasting you life in search of the basics while grumpy gnomes hammer out the backbeat in their workshops, and hallelujah babies form a choir and sing until changing times...
It was all a gorgeous green mystery.
You are now blocked at school so I only get to read you at night or on weekends - a measured treat...

9:15 AM  
Blogger murat11 said...

Dee: I like that You are now blocked at school: what a world we live in, eh? I get that Facebook is blocked at school (though all the students know the proxies), but blogs? Same at the Instituto. As usual, multiple meanings abound in this riff on equestrians and Italian poets. I like, too, that your riff on this abounds in a brightness that I worried was missing as I channeled this, such a dour gloom, it seemed.

9:44 AM  
Blogger Dee Martin said...

the poets gift. To see the one tiny bright speck in all the greyness of reality. A gift that gives back.
I used to be in control of what was blocked and not blocked but that has been shifted to a proxy from the region and many of the blogs that are blocked are written by educators, librarians, and techs. Ironic...we teach a staff development class in blogging. Also ironic, the students can get to most anything they want and most of them wouldn't read a blog if you paid them. Facebook is blocked but they can post and get updates via cell phone, and if they have 3g they can get to things that I cannot. I throw up my virtual hands and just read at home. Most I can get the text in google reader anyway, I just can't comment.
I will be attending TCEA in February again this year and there are some blog articles that they recommend in their newsletters...blocked of course haha. Craziness abounds. The wastrel gods (some joy in typing that lower case) of internet protection tinker in their workshops and wring and shake their hands in muttered joy at the misguided simplicity...see this works on so many levels :)

10:21 AM  
Blogger murat11 said...

Dee: Blocking the blogs that educate: sums it up, eh?

10:53 AM  
Anonymous Missnebula said...

Dante is my horse :) Mr Booker you are the best

4:08 AM  
Blogger murat11 said...

Muito obrigado, Miss Nebula.

9:13 AM  

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