Treasure Island

Diane Hine

(25 July 1956)

A Clipped Rondeau


My glitch, though usually discreet
is liable to squeal or tweet.
Part elephant, part plumed mahout
it’s hook-armed with a waterspout
and twitchy as a parakeet.

It’s mostly well-behaved and neat
and friends pretend they cannot see it
but Mummy loves to talk about
my glitch.

I hide it in a draped white sheet
like art by M. Rene Magritte
but sometimes it escapes to flout
the rules or insolently pout
and then I wish I could delete
my glitch.

Submitted: Thursday, February 13, 2014
Edited: Thursday, February 13, 2014

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  • Dinesh Nair (2/16/2014 6:31:00 AM)

    As a poet who is on a monthly hegira to her own intimate worlds that might be more pleasant that these forums, Diane, you are surprisingly a different person entitled to have your clipped Rondeau in and around and far and wide..... Your resurfacing in the PH is good.
    I was just wondering whether it is Rondeau or Rendezvous, Diane Hine.. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (2/13/2014 10:41:00 PM)

    Is it because of a glitch, that you kept away from PH for a while...? I can't believe, Diana. For a while I missed your enigmatic writings! ! (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (2/13/2014 10:11:00 AM)

    I'm curious to know what your glitch is Diane - definitely not your poetry. Very clever write. (Report) Reply

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