SPRING POEM: My Dirty Angel of Paradise
Red Lips Colored Small Death Beloved
tumble out of control said she when
light fission fused sex and her parts
with the almighty word not of God
but some wonderful creature who
never fakes romance or duty:
She simply plays eyes and breasts
makes nipples so large they crow
over the howl of dogs hungry for
some new season to build bulbs
so the clitoris rest, swollen and
alive forever and ever amen.
Come love to the entry of heaven
There you will sit and feel every
pulse of every mortal soul.
Everyone will carry into your lips
streaked with red silk and heels:
lip color so dark-- almost night.
Intent is craven and always plump
when your ass bends and breasts
rise down & you become an angel.
God wants your assets and his will
be done buried to the hilt forever.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
SPRING POEM: My Dirty Angel of Paradise
Where Are the Eyes When Love Has Shrill Retort
(c) Sean Farragher
Lust has several tongues
glued together by dear
grief or that explosion
that carries flowers
backward to birth
when wild seeds
are metal, slippery
and the eye opens
every day louder.
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Saturday, October 28, 2006
For Tom Farragher
I stumble through the twigs
to reach your grave
I need some talk,
some bits of string,
some knots untied
I remember our home—
the dog I rode when three,
the daffodils, crocus,
strung through your lapel
Each June I see again
the red porch
with the paint and oil smell
I think of lemons
I loved your green swinging couch
As I sit among the graves
the rains begin
then I was eight
standing by the Chesterfields
near your favorite chair
Often I would watch you
walk down our hill
newspaper under arm,
the snow began
and we sled and sled
until wet to our drawers
we fell home
and you made some tea
smoked a cigarette,
and you read to me of Mars
or Saturn's men
until I yawned asleep—
your white hair
blurred by the motions
of your fingers tucking
me under Grandma's quilt
As I leave your grave
the rain stops,
and we walk up that hill
on your last day.
Then the bus came,
took you away,
and you waved smiles through the glass,
and the roar of the bus stopped,
and we could not touch
I am never able to walk down that hill
and not see you with your newspaper
under your arm—
and the silence each Christmas
is sad even when the family gathers
with new children
no one is there to play card for pennies,
and no one has your vision; and for a time
even I didn't want to remember that there
were no strong hands to help steer my wagon
through the distance
and its chill.
In the mirror
I see our breath
skin to skin.
We melt on the gravel
on the sea cliff--
Beyond Rosses Point
we follow sailing ships
Within this rubble,
fallen masts, falcon,
and shattered glass--
the rain blessed
Lean grass stalks lead
water to our flesh;
the glass leaf reflects
her shawl--her hand bent,
dress over knees
crimson skin on rocks covers
our bodies with human beaks;
blood wets this bed,
mixed to the sea's rain
As I drink her thighs
with blood's cream,
talons as a talisman
moor us to the dock, --
the tarred timbers squawk,
and I see us in the sheets
in that grand hotel
on College Green
I see us in the morning
with tea, cake and a tray.
I see our wet, our breasts, our hands.
We follow children home,
we drag our fingers to our spines
(sea salt and sea bird feathers)
As we dance off the sea
and the sun wakes the pier,
wild tulips on the table.
Our back churn,
our eyes blind--
my spit swears oaths
to a winding stair.
I wait with her,
her hair on my arms,
sleep marks on our cheeks
Scum on our breasts
At twilight we walk down Grafton Street,
next morning we worship at sailing ships
vending fish before dawn,
for her I am air, first light, fire
seed and good knife
I see galleons scull our sea
I see our mirror, our flesh breathes.
Note: Dedicated to the disaster victims of this great catastrophe. The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake was a magnitude 9.0 undersea earthquake on December 26, 2004 which generated tsunamis that caused one of the deadliest natural disasters in modern history. This rare type of earthquake known as a megathrust earthquake struck at 00:58:53 UTC (07:58:53 local time) in the Indian Ocean off the western coast of northern Sumatra, Indonesia. It was the largest earthquake on Earth since the 9.2-magnitude Good Friday Earthquake off Alaska in 1964, and tied for fourth largest since the establishment of accurate global seismographic record keeping by 1900
December 26, 2004
The ocean rolls civilization into layers of peat
and the air, full of great waves, dry desert
nothing to breathe but the songs of the curls
of tsunami so large a universe is lost in seconds.
There is no musical phrase but echoes as oceans
war with the trees throwing human tantrums
At the edge of the water there’s a dirge
simple beat, like musical dirty coins,
an accordion playing porno loops for puppets.
Nothing heard but the mime of the clarinet
and the churn of the bass and an off pitch guitar;
we assume as the skies are clouds and burnt
sienna rushed from wings and all sex stands
still in the tips of waves that crack spines
and killer whales cannot escape rip-line.
On the last day healing began.
We will make water clean again
The buildings empty; dunes rebuild --
The underside of the river blends
zing and zarrow as sand melds fingertips
in the usual ways of sediment, which
sometimes brushed my cheek as sensory
idols turned the leer and make the hot face
that instant calm after love a complete
lake, where water is more than fire
quenched lakes at fundus or sentiment.
Sex began the wave and recovery too.
Pieces of skin were the seeds of the faces
that will haunt the waters of 100,000 dead
and the human rage off the terror we know
visits on the underside of hysteria and loneliness.
Nature has its obituary and we mark down
numbers in red and black, minus light
again, always the loss of light on the edge of leaf
where the stars such small items actually
are the compendium of miracles for tongues
she broke open with a brief morning swim --
for chance has no alphabet and no lies.
After, when time was water and walls
I no longer count the graves of ancestors
but mark their acts with fervor
and when I step to the altar
I count my life as evidence
for mystery plays and docudrama;
I climb down cliff without any guide;
my mask is lost, no longer protects
from ocean or waves without mercy.
Here in the courtyard, the water from the fountain
runs over the statue dedicated to the nightmare.
Even in tide pools, terror pastes after shock
vibrates when wave commits when the beach
has lost all dimensions. There’s nothing
to do but run. Every step buries mollusk,
brachiopods and Silver Star;
faithful ashes blown out again
where nothing remains but return.
Poetry: "Tsunami," "Irish Love Letter," "Grandfather Tom"
Friday, October 27, 2006
Ashley Sonata #2
I look into the box where you have drawn
genius, yours and mine. Your life is not as
set; well maybe no life should be arranged.
I have changed over the years. I love thought;
the ability to create what is not and to love
what is, of course, a royal map we obey.
I walk into the box where we have gathered
every strand of light and pleasure, and
as night sounds, jazz, sex and delirium
ride with us in a carriage in London
we run out of time. We live in the years before
gas puttering engines when you my Lady
and I walked into the park for a quick squeeze.
Everyone looked. They assumed we were
committed, but pleasure drew us as lovers
beyond the silk walls of one box in paradise.