Author: Paul House

Poetry: The Poet Tires

For Thomas Pride


Astonished and made clumsy
And faltering too often,
The poet tires of these long
Evenings of Chopin, Verlaine,
And weird games upon the floor
Where the law of averages
Is consistently disproved.


Strange to think the girls I knew
Are ladies now, and carrying
Some small immortal baggage
Inside, flickering with life.
Crouching. Unsullied. With stumps
For legs and eye like a fish.
Sounds for all the world like love.


And I still in a rented room,
Drenched with all this literature
Which pumps me full of wild beliefs
And the ability to squabble,
Dare to wish I might have come
And spilt my warmth into your life.
And you smelling of babies.


Already the wind begins
To creep through the heavy trees.
The sunlight rummages across
Some dull promontory where
It is squandered and rubbed out.
The poet tires of these long
Evenings demanding nothing.

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Poem for Anna •  Mandelstam and Mayakovsky •  The Lighted Window  •  Alone with the Years •  The Poet Tires •  Something there is •  La Madrugada •  Postcard of a Golden Retriever •  Shellfish •  Miguel Hernandez •  At the Edge of the Ebro •  Gone •  Playing Cards •  That's Where I Belong •  An Abstract Perfection •  Pearls in a Glass •  Poem for Susie •  Mornings in MalasaƱa •  Leo •  A Garbled Message •  Gnome •  Old Friends •  More About Penguins •  Ghosts •  Poem for Nelly •  Good Friday in Salamanca •  T.L.P. •  What It Is About •  The Blind Man And His Guide •  The Smell Of Winter •  For No Other Reason •  Poem for Linda