Thursday, January 21, 2010

Love poem read by lamplight.



Image by Ed 

The stars are the street lights of eternity. ~Author Unknown


My bed side lamp is crying. She threatens to leave me in the dark. I caress her curved spine gently with my hand. She tilts her head away casting the love poems in shadow. She hates love poetry: 'love is foreign' she says. It's wicked, I plead with her, not to shine your self upon the love poetry. The world is only bone and tombstone. Her filament trembles: Sentimentality is a funeral parlour, she hisses. You love poetry, but you don't know how to love me, you bed lying book possessed fool.

Stunned to hear these words, mouth O shaped, I speak to console. Then, without warning, she jumps from the bed side table, cable and plug trailing behind her, bursting the bright 40 watt bulb of her self, face first upon the wooden floor, shattering into smithereens. I lunge out of bed, startled, dropping the book of love poems upon her thin twisted body; I stand upon the hot pieces of glass in the darkness, wince as they slice into the soles of my feet. I fall to my knees sobbing; raise my hands to my face in mourning, then grope blindly in the dark gathering the broken bits and pieces.

20 comments:

Jim Murdoch said...

"The world is only bone and tombstone." - piggin' genius! The rest is quite good but I'd drop one, or maybe both "brights". Oh and it's "souls" plural not possessive.

McGuire said...

Hello Jim, I like that line myself, it beats every other word in it. This is farcical. I like it. The completeness of the scene and the action.

Cheers for pointing out my plural/possessive confusion. And to think I have taught English, yet I'm almost functionally illiterate. Ha!

'Soles' - not 'souls', mind. Of the feet. Not the abstract 'soul' of the body or personality. Though the implication can be read in the use of sole, at least, a hint.

Cheers for reading/considering, it's like a building site in here, as ever.

Titus said...

I just loved it.

paulfcockburn said...

Hi Colin,

Quick note to just say it was great meeting you again at Last Monday at Rio.

I look forward to reading and enjoying more of your work.

paul

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Ed said...

Hey McGuire,

Like the poetry and hey, that's a great illustration at the top...hang on a second, that's my illustration! (www.edtaylor.co.uk) Now how/where'd you find that? On my website...or had someone else borrowed it ahead of you? (if so tell me where!)

Well, don't stress it, but it's always polite to ask (if it's obvious who did the work) and if you like an image, give a credit ;)

Laters, Ed

McGuire said...

Hi Ed,

Please, give me your website I will add your name and website.

Credit is due. i love the image!

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