Learn More

Jean Valentine

(27 April 1934 / Chicago, Ill)

Dream Barker


We met for supper in your flat-bottomed boat.
I got there first: in a white dress: I remember
Wondering if you'd come. Then you shot over the bank,
A Virgilian Nigger Jim, and poled us off
To a little sea-food barker's cave you knew.

What'll you have? you said. Eels hung down,
Bamboozled claws hung up from the crackling weeds.
The light was all behind us. To one side
In a dish of ice was a shell shaped like a sand-dollar
But worked with Byzantine blue and gold. What's that?

Well, I've never seen it before, you said,
And I don't know how it tastes.
Oh well, said I, if it's bad,
I'm not too hungry, are you? We'd have the shell...
I know just how you feel, you said.

And asked for it; we held out our hands.
Six Dollars! barked the barker, For This Beauty!
We fell down laughing in your flat-bottomed boat, .

And then I woke up: in a white dress:
Dry as a bone on dry land, Jim,
Bone dry, old, in a dry land, Jim, my Jim. .

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: food, remember, beauty, sea, dream, light, work

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 (Dream Barker by Jean Valentine )

Enter the verification code :

  • Rookie Steve Brumfield (8/4/2007 4:09:00 PM)

    This is a good poem to recite to a potential lover over a quiet dinner for two...a seafood dinner of course...wish it was dated. (Report) Reply

Read all 1 comments »

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  2. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  5. Sonnet II: My Heart Was Slain, Michael Drayton
  6. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  7. A Dream Within A Dream, Edgar Allan Poe
  8. I Am the Only Being Whose Doom, Emily Jane Brontë
  9. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  10. Ozymandias, Percy Bysshe Shelley

Poem of the Day

poet Emily Jane Brontë

I am the only being whose doom
No tongue would ask no eye would mourn
I never caused a thought of gloom
A smile of joy since I was born

In secret pleasure - secret tears
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. The Cry Of The Shadow, Bazi alis Subrata Ray
  2. He Knows No Hospital Gate, Mohamedkhadar Yussuf
  3. I LOST YOU, Sharen Suren
  4. the pleasure of old age, oskar hansen
  5. Reading Elizabeth Bishop's Poem 'One Art', Merton Lee
  6. Iron Road poem, As Fates Convolve, Sambanath Denis
  7. BEYOND DEATH, Michael P. Johnson
  8. Limerick-74, DEEPAK KUMAR PATTANAYAK
  9. Paul Butters Clerihew One, Paul Butters
  10. Ricordare, Colm Keenan
[Hata Bildir]