Rosemary Tonks


Song of the October Wind


A mighty air-sea, fierce and very clean
Was gliding in across the city.
Oxygenating gusts swept down and
Chloroformed us, in a light too bright to see by.


On pavements - china and milk pages
In a good book, freshly iced by the printing press -
October flash-floated. And you and I were moving
With alert, sane, and possessive steps. At home,


My sofa wrote her creaking, narcoleptic's Iliad
My bathroom drank the Styx (bathwater
Of the Underworld). My telephone took all its voices
And gave them to the Furies, to practise with.


While slowly - to gigantic, muddy blows of music
From a pestle and mortar - roof, floor, walls, doors,
My London, stuffed with whisky-dark hotels,
Began to pant like a great ode!


And threw, carelessly, into our veins
Information - all things we needed to know,
For which there are no words, not even thoughts.
And this was an ode shaken from a box of rats.


The first sky from October's aviary
Of bone-dry, thudding skies, joyful, free, and young,
With its wings lifted our souls, heavy as cities,
Effortlessly, We were trustworthy again.


Ritz, Savoy, Claridge's, hotls full of peacock words,
Were beaten while Boreas; and as
Electric frosts scratched the windows
Fitting in their awkward childih pane of glowing stone,


We - copied the foaming with our souls!
The same ode tore the streets inside us. And lit
Catwalks, sofas, taxis in that city with a light
So bright, even the blind could see by it.

Submitted: Thursday, May 08, 2014

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 (Song of the October Wind by Rosemary Tonks )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Love is Sacrifice, Paul Sebastian
  2. The Guilty Innocent, Tata Kosi
  3. Lyman and Lloyd, Kim Barney
  4. The Incomplete Dzire, kashif khan
  5. Did I Die?, Lyn Paul
  6. Yesterday on bus, Md. Asadullah
  7. The Walk, Tata Kosi
  8. Basic Needs, Holly Moon
  9. Stations, Holly Moon
  10. Happiness, Holly Moon

Poem of the Day

poet John Clare

I love to see the old heath's withered brake
Mingle its crimpled leaves with furze and ling,
While the old heron from the lonely lake
Starts slow and flaps its melancholy wing,
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Grace Paley

 

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. All the World's a Stage, William Shakespeare
  3. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep, Mary Elizabeth Frye
  4. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  5. A Dream Within A Dream, Edgar Allan Poe
  6. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  7. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  8. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  10. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]