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(25 July 1956)

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Our New Carpet's The Colour Of...

A rainbow slurry, but not the cleaved white of rainbow light. It’s
A charcoal and goethite rainbow; a Pleistocene pigment pit;
An ochre shindig greased on a rock ceiling. Bog ore brown say.
Possibly snuffsnot. We chose brown so it wouldn’t show tea slops.

Nat can’t knit without a pattern or play without sheet music
Or assemble flat-packed furniture without instructions. She
Can cook without a recipe but only to please herself.

Keith ate a kipper. Descaled, gutted, smoked, tinned and masticated,
He thought it was dead. Later when he leant it leapt, still fresh!
He swallowed to quash the herring’s dissent. It will swim again.

All winter Cracticus Magpie croons ‘Come September’. Each Spring
He sings his defence as persuasively as Caractacus.
He’d like to split my skull to extract the word which skulks inside.

Submitted: Friday, August 09, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, August 28, 2013

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  • Ken E Hall (8/30/2013 2:02:00 AM)

    A trilogy thru the carpet that brought knitting Nat and Kipper loving Keith to life and skull cracking Magpies loved the poem but glad I've got a bamboo floor...they do attract Monkey business Hmmm...regards

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  • Douglas Scotney (8/23/2013 9:32:00 PM)

    a defiant sort of a poem. there's no telling what the imagination can come up with.

  • Shahzia Batool (8/20/2013 12:34:00 PM)

    i learnt many new things here...thank you!

  • Paul Brookes (8/20/2013 4:11:00 AM)

    As always you have a twist like your carpet I love this poem or poems? ? which make me laugh then I have to look some words so educated too up 10/10 BB : O)

  • Dinesh Nair (8/18/2013 9:04:00 AM)

    I am a bit baffled at this teeming of many an inventive images and the lines reflect your erudite observation of things otherwise not coming to one`s mind.
    I think you may give a sub title for the first piece as well Diane...

  • Lyn Paul (8/14/2013 9:00:00 PM)

    Your intelligence travels through your words as does your humour. You have a very interesting style. Thank you

  • Bobby Wynn (8/12/2013 11:49:00 PM)

    Awesome, I'm ready to eat and have sex, but not in that fashion.

  • Anthony Di''anno (8/12/2013 9:02:00 AM)

    Some wonderful words, most of them new to me. I enjoyed the uniqueness. Bravo Diane :)

  • Unwritten Soul (8/11/2013 8:40:00 AM)

    You always experimenting new things or i never see things like this, whatever it is i would thank to give me lot of taste by reading your diverse style poetry..different flavors! _Soul

  • Danny Draper (8/10/2013 7:30:00 PM)

    Each separate verse seemingly disparate, but linked by tone and style richly styled and styled with original adjectives, similes and refreshinly inventive language.

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