Treasure Island

Harold Standish

(1919-1972 / Toronto)

Poems of Harold Standish

1. Claims Upon the Innocent 11/29/2009
2. Fire Pit 11/29/2009
3. Give Me a Sword to Lie On 11/29/2009
4. Harvey 11/29/2009
5. How Soon? 11/29/2009
6. I Was Born 11/29/2009
7. Racoons 11/29/2009
8. Scurge of Creation 11/29/2009
9. Sonnet of Dreams 11/29/2009
10. The Bleak Hand 11/29/2009
11. The Blue Puppet 11/29/2009
12. The Mythological Cinematographer 11/29/2009
13. Untitled (1957) 11/29/2009

The Blue Puppet

“The blue puppet hanging in the closet is a lot like me, ” you say.
“I was broken and beaten, a hand forced up my rear,
Made to do monkey tricks and cast spells on unsuspecting children.”

Your bloom and bonnet speak volumes about forgotten things,
The elements of mindful unease, cast within the complex of procreation.

How long before you riddle back, unrhyming the rhetoric of hate,
Producing new possibilities out of half-remembered spectres.

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