Matthew Thomas Donovan
Matthew Thomas Donovan Poems
The Remarkable Man
It always seemed so queer to me That all man’s life is like a flea’s That comes and falls to springly flowers And ticks away upon all hours
My Promise, Unkept
Do you remember the fifth of November, How it smiled and burnt out by noon? How the children laughed as all midnight collapsed On a perfect evening, too soon?
We Live, and We Die
If I die before I wake, And the sun is yet to break, Please hold my hand as you once did And vow the love you so long hid.
Speak the Word
And from your grave sprouts tall dark grass to show the world there is no death. You changed like leaves in blooming spring, and receded to the baited breath
Patterns of boats docked on wet sand; oaken splinters. Dead trees give no relief from the licking embers of afternoon.
I took the train as evening fell to night, driving into the bright sun spots of morning light that broke the focus of street lamps and neon signs. In my eyes I saw a thousand particles filtered through glass,
Small talk fails to pass off borrowed lines of speech as words fall flat and meaningless on our tongues.
A Passing Thought in Calgary
Take a stroll at 3 AM, see what you've been missing when you were asleep in your suburban dream.
Confession of a Tired Artist
As I stand there in a makeshift gallery It becomes increasingly obvious That no-one's looking at the Art
In this sudden place of meeting thoughts are rushed and forms are fleeting. Words sound the way they had before
I bled my venomous blood, and saw a desert stretch out before me, far and wide. I chose to walk,
Two notes were caught in the breeze, Their paper wings spread as they Dragged shadows over grass. The flight of words
Like a sandy shore The mineral parts, Beneath the waves And its pumping heart.
Those who read the water and see the flowers, those who fast, and those who pray, come to these gardens on midsummer days, to the hollow trees,
The Remarkable Man
It always seemed so queer to me
That all man’s life is like a flea’s
That comes and falls to springly flowers
And ticks away upon all hours
Remarkable is not a word
That comes to mind to be unheard
When speaking of humanity
But I ask, “What of sanity? ”