Treasure Island

Heather McHugh

(20 August 1948 / San Diego, California)

Half Border, Half Lab


Customs and chemistry
made a name for themselves
and it was Spot. He’s gone to some
utopos now, the dirty dog, doctor of
crotches, digger of holes. Your airy clarities be damned,
he loved our must and our mistakes—why hit him, then,
who did us good? He’s dead, he ought
to be at home. He’s damned
put out, and so am I.

* * *

When blue is carried out, the law is red.
When noon is said and done, it’s dusk again.
The greed for table makes the greed for bed.
So cave canem, even stars have litters—little
lookers, cacklers, killers . . . Morning raises up
the hackled men. (What’s
milk, among our ilk, but
opportunity for spillers?)

* * *

He saved our sorry
highfalutin souls—the heavens haven’t saved a fly. Orion’s
canniness who can condone?—that starring story, strapping blade!— 
and Sirius is just a Fido joke—no laughter shakes the firmament.
But O the family dog, the Buddha-dog—son of a bitch!
he had a funny bone—

Submitted: Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Half Border, Half Lab by Heather McHugh )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. What is this world of ours ماهذا العالم .., MOHAMMAD SKATI
  2. Sinners الاثمون, MOHAMMAD SKATI
  3. Touch-me-not, Naveed Khalid
  4. The Sword and the Plowshare, John F. McCullagh
  5. On the road a Recovery Poem, jeff newnham
  6. Sinners, MOHAMMAD SKATI
  7. An Image Of An Old House, Yohan Confectioner
  8. Autumn Equinox, Jacqueline Nash
  9. Portrait, Md. Mujib Ullah
  10. Childhood Never Returns, Md. Mujib Ullah

Poem of the Day

poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Know'st thou not at the fall of the leaf
How the heart feels a languid grief
Laid on it for a covering,
And how sleep seems a goodly thing
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Randall Jarrell

 

Trending Poems

  1. 04 Tongues Made Of Glass, Shaun Shane
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  4. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  5. If, Rudyard Kipling
  6. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  7. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  8. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  9. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  10. Dreams, Langston Hughes

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]