Harold Standish

Rookie (1919-1972 / Toronto)

Harold Standish Poems

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