Dick Davis

(1945 / Portsmouth)

Dick Davis Poems

1. Touring A Past 1/3/2003
2. Iran Twenty Years Ago 1/3/2003
3. Guides For The Soul 1/3/2003
4. The Jigsaw 1/3/2003
5. Shadows 1/3/2003
6. Desert Stop At Noon 1/3/2003
7. Memories Of Cochin 1/3/2003
8. Ibn Battuta 11/11/2016
9. Edgar (i.m. Edgar Bowers, 1924 - 2000) 11/11/2016
10. Getting Away 11/11/2016
11. A Photograph of Two Brothers 11/11/2016
12. Rembrandt's Return of the Prodigal Son 11/11/2016
13. Your Children Growing 11/11/2016
14. [I lay down in the darkness of my soul...] 11/11/2016
15. [The heart has its abandoned mines...] 11/11/2016
16. Flight 11/11/2016
17. Water 11/11/2016
18. Aubade 1/3/2003
19. Baucis And Philemon 1/3/2003
20. A Translator's Nightmare 1/3/2003
21. Uxor Vivamus 1/3/2003
22. A Monorhyme For The Shower 1/3/2003
Best Poem of Dick Davis

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 ...

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Iran Twenty Years Ago

Each summer, working there, I’d set off for
The fabled cities – Esfahan, Kashan,
Or Ecbatana, where Hephaestion died,
The poets’ towns – Shiraz and Nayshapour,
Or sites now hardly more than villages
Lapped by the desert, Na’in or Ardestan . . .

Their names now mean a dusty backstreet somewhere
Empty and silent in the vivid sunlight,

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