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 Bleak Hand

My father’s bleak hand was ravenous for the glory of blood.
He placed it under his sheets to warm it for action—
What did he do with it once it had reached its
operating temperature?

Well, you know, he placed it in his vest
An arch Napoleon—except more mediocre—
Seeking out his sons, the blind little piglets
Spawned by December’s grease and broken fenceposts

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