David Wright – Five Poems (Provincial Review – May 1952)

1.

The dark man
Dodging swiftly, dancing smiling
Thru the trees,
Racing Autumn to my grave.
The laughing man thru the trees,
The smiling death thru the leaves,
Falling
Falling
Falling.

2.

I see Autumn
Waiting around the corner of my grave
Standing expressionless.
He only waits
Growing taller as chimney smoke
Curling into a sly smile.
He shall make me forget
But his drugs are painful.
Why must he come so eventually
As death?

3.

Seventeen seas and a pair of skys,
All I need,
See the bursting signs in the
Bawdy burly streets,
Featured more like the dream I had
Than your breasts, your thighs,
What else to lose

4.

Some summer
quiet evening
long ago with
your thighs
softly radiating the
burning sun’s
descent
thru the horizon’s
delicate trees
I kissed you

5.

Come on kids, don’t wait
Swing it, beat it, defy it,
Wait!
The music says dance
Let’s have it, let’s do it
No now is going to be more.

 

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