Dick Davis Poems
- A Monorhyme For The Shower Lifting her arms to soap her ...
- A Translator's Nightmare I think it must have been in Limbo ...
- Aubade For Joshua Mehigan These are the dawn ...
- Uxor Vivamus The first night that I slept with you And ...
- Guides For The Soul Who thickens from the shadows as you ...
- Iran Twenty Years Ago Each summer, working there, I’d set off...
- Shadows The sun comes up, and soon The night’s thin fall of ...
Dick Davis is a British poet, and translator. He is professor emeritus of Persian at Ohio State University. He has written scholarly works on both English and Persian literature, as well as eight volumes of his own poetry, and been the recipient of numerous academic and literary awards, including both the Ingram Merrill and Heinemann awards for poetry. His publications include volumes of poetry and verse translation chosen as books of the year by The Sunday Times (UK) in 1989; The Daily Telegraph (UK) in 1989; The Economist (UK) in 2002; The Washington Post in 2010, and The Times Literary Supplement (UK) in 2013. He has published numerous book-length verse translations from medieval ... more »
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A Monorhyme For The Shower
Lifting her arms to soap her hair
Her pretty breasts respond – and there
The movement of that buoyant pair
Is like a spell to make me swear
Twenty odd years have turned to air;
Now she’s the girl I didn’t dare
Approach, ask out, much less declare
My love to, mired in young despair.
Childbearing, rows, domestic care –
All the prosaic wear and tear
That constitute the life we share –
Slip from her beautiful and bare
Bright body as, made half aware
Of my quick, surreptitious stare,
She wrings the water from her hair
And turning smiles to see me ...