Friday, May 20, 2016

Sappho of The Pharmacy Counter

"All I ask of you is one thing that you'll never do"--Morrissey

I got rave reviews for 
cleaning under the couch.
Museums called. 
Anderson Cooper texted, saying "keep in touch."

Well fuck all you guys.
From out my ass, brilliance,
a fine new poem
and so how about that? and you haven't even seen the best ones.

Listen, sweet Sappho of the pharmacy counter,
here I am, the mermaid--you've sat waiting for my call.
Put down those pills, but keep the glasses and white coat--
You can be my Blind Ghost of Future Love, as on the bed we fall. 

In my yard, the trees sway
with birds who could talk but don't,
because if they did,
no one would ever leave them alone.

The sun comes up, doesn't it ever think of anything fresh?
And the sky, endlessly insistently blue.
Sappho honey, parlez black words that shine like ravens in the rain
and I'll kick out this beautiful shit for you,

beautiful, fantastic, fucking feathered perfection for you.  
____

for grapedude's list thingggggg         

 

10 comments:

hedgewitch said...

That fourth stanza may be one of the best you ever wrote. There's a smile and an an ache to every line here.

De said...

Love this:
"The sun comes up, doesn't it ever think of anything fresh?"

And those shining black words...like a murder of crows. Waiting on a wire. Ready to scavenge something. Or just spread those wordwings and fly.

brudberg said...

I would think Sappho would be better than pills any time... maybe getting all those words shiny black to paint the world.

ana ... said...

"Well fuck all you guys. From out my ass, brilliance" ... Isn't *that* the truth?!

"but keep the glasses and white coat" ... Yes! I completely agree. I'm a fool for glasses (among other things).

"and I'll kick out this beautiful shit for you,

beautiful, fantastic, fucking feathered perfection for you" ... Yes please. :)

Black words that shine like ravens in the rain? Are you kiddin' with this deliciousness?! Your ass poetry is lookin' mighty fine right about now, babydoll. ;) Keep it comin'.



ana ... said...

That was crazy clever, the way you spun the coat and glasses into a blind ghost. You're such a little smarty. ;)

Kerry O'Connor said...

parlez black words that shine like ravens in the rain
and I'll kick out this beautiful shit for you

Sounds like the best offer anyone could get!

I loved this, Shay. Start to finish.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh, wow. Spectacular!

Susie Clevenger said...

Oh, this is fabulous. I agree with Hedgewitch that fourth stanza rocks, but I love that first one. lol

Mama Zen said...

The fourth stanza is just fucking brilliant.

grapeling said...

damn I'm glad I got around to reading this. i have nothing in my tank, so I'm glad you got Sappho to pony up. thanks for playing, Shay ~