Friday, February 25, 2005

Pantoum for Raoul Dufy

The snow has gone and uncovered our displeasure with objects
A flashing light with its malevolent power signals a right turn
The store has sold itself robbing the blind giving Peters change to Paul
Passing cars drive by people trying to scare one another

A flashing light with its malevolent power signals a right turn
Do down things have to be put up
Passing cars drive by people trying to scare one another
I doubt the love that left me here to rot in my own right

Do down things have to be put up
No matter where she looks she has misplaced her mind
I doubt the love that left me here to rot in my own right
Allergic to things that once were saddened by light frightened by dark

No matter where she looks she has misplaced her mind
When distinct differences are the same as narrow talk
Allergic to things that once were saddened by light frightened by dark
Axons in the night dully twinkling

When distinct differences are the same as narrow talk
Cat curled on the line between fast cars
Axons in the night dully twinkling
Here I am! I have danced the level stairs

6 comments:

Julie said...

I like it!!

Russell Ragsdale said...

Thanks Julie! Pattern poems have been more of a challenge for me in the past but this one seemed to have a nice flow so I posted it. Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for posting a comment!

Gama said...

WONDERFUL, PIECE OF ART!!!
Pattern poems are not easy for me to write, but you did :-)

the lives we leave said...

Passing cars drive by people trying to scare one another
I doubt the love that left me here to rot in my own right


Oh my God.
Wow. I wept when I read this Russell. After the weekend I had, I wept. I read it before this weekend as well, and it disturbed me so much because I saw me in every line. Wept then too. But now... Now...
now is just wow. It is so beautiful. I wish I were there to give you a big hug and say 'let's keep hanging on...'

;-)

Julie said...

How sweet of you to link me, is ok for me to do the same? Thanks!

Russell Ragsdale said...

Thank you! Also I'd be honored to have you post a link too!