Keith Douglas

(January 24, 1920 – June 9, 1944 / Tunbridge Wells, Kent)

Poems of Keith Douglas

1. Cairo Jag 1/13/2003
2. How To Kill 12/18/2003
3. The Knife 12/18/2003
4. Vergissmeinnicht 1/13/2003
5. Villanelle Of Spring Bells 1/13/2003

Cairo Jag

Shall I get drunk or cut myself a piece of cake,
a pasty Syrian with a few words of English
or the Turk who says she is a princess--she dances
apparently by levitation? Or Marcelle, Parisienne
always preoccupied with her dull dead lover:
she has all the photographs and his letters
tied in a bundle and stamped Decede in mauve ink.
All this takes place in a stink of jasmin.

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