Wednesday, December 26, 2007
"Excluded from Frescoes" by Michael Teig
In the spirit of the holidays I have been looking for poems about gratitude since I am big on thank you cards. Here's one I stumbled upon and liked.
Excluded from Frescoes
Thank you for the gift. Never have I seen
a more thoughtful tea-strainer.
For you I'm striking a silent movie pose.
For instance, I step out and take in the moon
like a tourist. It puts tiny gloves on the ferns.
It's bigger than life size.
I've a room here just for sitting. If I want
I fetch some music to slap me around. I've three other rooms--
in this way the house resembles a cow's stomach.
I have the feeling we'll be excluded from frescoes
despite the fitful way you loved me, Alice,
I'm confident we're finally on our own.
If I need to think of you and I do
I let telephone wires paraphrase the landscape
till there's just a city block, a sooty building,
you settled into a chair with your legs and hair up
and your face adjusting to that new weather
right after the TV's been turned off. Hello.
Just past the hill here is the truckstop
borealis. This is Barkeyville.
Maybe we could argue over ice cream.
(Michael Teig, from Big Back Yard 2003 BOA Editions, Ltd.)