Sunday, October 20, 2013

Your Sunday Poem

This by a wonderful poet, Erin Belieu, from her 2006 collection, "Black Box."

"Last Trip to the Island"

You're mad that I can't love the ocean,

but I've come to this world landlocked
and some bodies feel permanently strange.
Like any foreign language, study it too late and
it never sticks.  Anyway,

we're here aren't we? --
trudging up the sand, the water churning
its constant horny noise, an openmouthed heavy

breathing made more unnerving by
the presence of all these families, the toddlers

with their chapped bottoms, the fathers
in gigantic trunks spreading out their dopey
circus-colored gear.

How can anyone relax
near something so worked up all the time?

I know the ocean is glamorous,
but the hypnosis, the dilated pull of it, feels
impossible to resist.  And what better reason to
resist?  I'm most comfortable in

a field, a yellow-eared patch
of cereal, whose quiet rustling argues for
the underrated valor of discretion.

And above this, I admire a certain quality of
sky, like an older woman who wears her jewels with
an air of distance, that is, lightly,
with the right attitude.  Unlike your ocean,

there's nothing sneaky about a field.  I like their
ugly-girl frankness.  I like that, sitting in the dirt,

I can hear what's coming between the stalks.


Sewertoons AKA Lynette Tornatzky said...

Ha-ha-ha! Now that's an opinion I never heard before! So beautifully put, I actually feel what she means ocean lover that I am!

Churadogs said...

Have to bet this lady sits with her back to a wall and a clear view of the room whenever she's in a restaurant.