michael oliver

(13-4-1948 / swansea)

Brass bowl- A wedge with six variations


The Wedge

The bronze bowl
-once a concubine's
Was later lifted
- a queens basin
The same nude
-a different reverence

Variation 1

Into bright yellow
-the water runs
Over asset white
-of creature preening
As smiles bloom
-an evenings outcome

Variation 2

As water splashes
-from her flesh
Its natural sound
enchants the evening
The giggled tense
- of serious seduction

Variation 3


Her slender arm
-a white question
An achieved unguent
-of demure perfection
The downcast eyes
-ponder the expectation

Variation 4

Emerging so private
-meaning is applied
Lips painted red
-silk hush draped
Bright jewels chime
-innocence is removed

Variation 5

Red candles fade
-yellow bowl removed
Bright the rim
-the sky colours
Night poured away
- morning a sigh

Variation 6

Water busy again
-cascades and ripples
A smile inflected
-and thought refracted
Her manner assures
- a thought reflected

Submitted: Sunday, December 16, 2012
Edited: Sunday, December 16, 2012

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

The subject matter was an object in the same exhibition that gave me the idea for 'Jade immortallity This large flat bronze dish reminded me of Degas pastels where the human animal is absorbed by their ablutions. The influence of the writing was from the T'zu style of chinese peotry

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