Thursday, October 4, 2012

Poem: whistle s



1


from gay Paris
anarchist granddad
frail as a crane

sent
magenta
sepia
purple
ochre
stampafte r


mangy MADAGASCARLIONS

wolvish ADOLF
(cadaver)heads
posings of

cigarmaker
edited Die Freie Arbeiter Stimme
in Yiddish choutzpah
tranced by American music
as by

jostledmepiggyback
tintinnabulations

of the bells
bells
bells
bells

bells

brookquick

na p
p ing tappings as of visitant’s

gentle
bells

more than Lenore for
lorn

sorrows


2


yeshiva student
drifted
bed to
(yamulka
aslant

reported a frightened


joined the Russian army
to agitate
farmers

who’d still moved
against Odessa


gramps
fled Okhrana whistle s
shadowed by yapping
tsars
across the

“hush baby
Cossacks’ll


a child near
suffocated
behind an interrogated

Hamburg and Philadelphia
doo r

told my irate


and started with Yoine
a co-op
in the far woods
but others

a Michigan judge dubbed him
bitched and

Jeeesus

recalled a solemn


3


no

this cigarmakerfarmer
stampcollector
anarchistdreamer
rabbinicallistener
intriguereducator
Poereciter
sometimepiggybackgiver
decayingold

died of a sundappled


I
sense a shadow

sans intonement

there
on the shim mer
ing

air

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