Tuesday, November 3, 2009

BEAUTIFUL BEAST

Tom says I'm terrible at keeping this thing updated. But here's a new poem! Actually, it was written last month. But Peter Sears gave it a thumbs up, so I'm posting it anyway. By the way, Peter's poem "The Beast" will be in his new book, and I can't wait to check it out. (The best poem? The one about driving His Weakness around in the backseat of his car.) So, here's to you, Peter.


BEAUTIFUL BEAST


In the single-room cabin he built on the river
he scatters his fishing poles like dirty socks
and survives on noodles, bananas, and trout.

He once told a priest he’d wanted to get married
but never got around to it, which was a lie
because he had been around to it when he was in his twenties

but he didn’t see what other men saw in their wives,
recipes, pearls, white whicker trash cans in the john.
He wanted a woman who cleaned his rifle and disappeared.

He doesn’t think he’s grown too old to attract a woman
nor does he believe his cabin has made him a hermit.
He’s hip enough to hold a grudge against Jane Fonda

and young enough to keep a condom in his wallet.
His father used to call him Buck, and his mother once said
he moved from room to room so quietly as a child

he reminded her of a beautiful beast being hunted.
He sometimes pretends he is a magical young buck
and wades into the river without his fishing line, just to stand there,

majestically, like he’s balancing a heavy crown on his head.
He can’t imagine a wife understanding this. The fish
have come so close he’s felt their fins slapping his boots.


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3 comments:

nolglaz said...

hey, that's a good one (haven't read everything yet !). It reminds me of some of the Alaskan poetry I read about loneliness/living in nature. If you don't already know them, there are some really good poems here :
-Alaska Native Writers, Storytellers & Orators, the Expanded Edition
-Raven Tells Stories: An Anthology of Alaska Native Writing
Keep up the good work !
Nolwenn

The Poetess said...

thanks nolwenn! appreciate it! i remember seeing some of those books during my brief time as a title wave employee. ha!

Adrienne Christian said...

Love this one Abby!