On taking a poet to bed!
A big decision, I take my time
savouring lines images moods
metaphors. Considering palette.
Soft greens, vivid blues
maybe some orange zest
no red-hot lines or purple prose.
Yeats on tranquillity
Bee loud glade
leafy islands, flapping herons
drowsy water rats.
I’m partial to the waters and the wild, ready for dripping peace
Mind you, I like the muscularity of Robert Bly.
He’s nocturnal a walker like myself.
His lines about unknown dust waves breaking on shores
Energetic, maybe too much activity for night.
In the morning, I’m weary from pondering and wandering.
More drowsy water rat than graceful heron.
Ah, solitude, a book!
But I ‘m aware of the perils of eating alone
the benefits of sociability
I’ve read about long lasting Ikarians.
Morning rambles, herding sheep, coffee at three.
Aperitifs at 5.00.
So I ask Shamus Heaney to stop digging
to join me for an Irish fry-up.
Before you can say rashers there’s Jimmy Joyce
and Sam Beckett at the table.
Insisting, if you please they’ll both have eggs Freud!
Rona Fitzgerald ‘s poetry is published in UK, Scottish, Irish and US,
in print and online.
Recent publications include Dreich Number 8, Season 2, April 2021, Littoral Magazine 2021, The Brown Envelope Book, 2021, The Arbroath Anthology 2021, Marble Broadsheet September 21, Fixator Press September 21, Dreich Season 4 no 3 2022, A Fish Rots From the Head, Culture Matters 2022.