Wednesday, March 20, 2013

TUESDAY POEM | TOAST by Thomas McCarthy



                          No lovelier city than all of this.
                          Cork city, your early morning kiss:
                          peeled oranges and white porcelain,
                          midsummer Sunday mists
                          that scatter before breakfast.

                          Mass bells are pealing in every district,
                          in the Latin quarter of St Lukes,
                          the butter quartier of Blackpool.
                          Each brass appeal calls to prayer
                          our scattered books and utensils,

                          the newly blessed who've put on clothes.
                          Why have I been as lucky as this?
                          to have one so meticulous
                          in love, so diffident yet close
                          that the house is charged with kinetic peace.

                          Like a secret lover, I should bring
                          you bowls of fresh roses, knowing
                          that you would show them how to thrive.
                          Lucky it's Sunday, or I'd have
                          to raid the meter for spare shillings!

                          Or, maybe I should wash my filthy socks,
                          fret at the curtains, iron clothes,
                          like you after Sunday breakfast.
                          Normal things run deep, God knows,
                          like love in flat-land, eggs on toast.

                          Thomas McCarthy
                                    Page 416 - The Penguin Book of Contemporary Irish Poetry

I've had this poem sitting in my Draft folder for many months. I love the line Normal things run deep, God knows and the idea of a house charged with kinetic peace. Thomas McCarthy's poem The Phenomenology of Stones is one I return to often.

This week's editor on the Tuesday Poem hub is Canberra-based poet P.S. Cottier
with Someone forgot to tell the fish - 'a 'slippery little thing that evades easy categorization'
by fellow Australian Hal Judge

"Someone forgot courtesy and politeness. Someone forgot to rinse off the weed killer. Someone forgot to turn off the billing software. Someone forgot to rent the crowd. Someone forgot to tell the owners of the 4 million cars sold in China. Someone forgot to bring the Zombie-Killing Manual. Someone forgot to tighten the sidestay shackle. Someone forgot to tell Rocky. Someone forgot to strap down the ammo case. Someone forgot to install it. Someone forgot to tell the Arabs it’s our oil under their sand.  Someone forgot to use lube. Someone forgot to tell me about labour pain. Someone forgot to declare 60 share transactions. Someone forgot to plug my biohazard suit. . . " 

To read more and for links to other Tuesday Poets, please click on the quill! 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013


    by Pablo Neruda



                     What is the distance in round meters
                     between the sun and the oranges?

                     Who wakes up the sun when it falls asleep
                     on its burning bed?

                     Does the earth sing like a cricket
                     in the music of the heavens?

                     Is it true that sadness is thick
                     and melancholy thin?



                      In the middle of autumn
                      do you hear yellow explosions?

                      By what reason or injustice
                      does the rain weep its joy?

                      Which birds lead the way
                      when the flock takes flight?

                      From what does the hummingbird hang
                      its dazzling symmetry?



                      Why don't they send moles
                      and turtles to the moon?

                      Couldn't the animals that engineer
                      hollows and tunnels

                      take charge of
                      these distant inspections?


This week's editor on the Tuesday Poem hub is Robert Sullivan with He Has Superpowers by Daren Kamili 

                      "He's an unsung superhero
                      in the village

                      He can fly
                      breathe underwater
                      walk on hot lovo stones

                      No one knows his secret 
                      except his soulmate
                      Grandmother Eel
                      who lives on the reef. . . "

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