Sean Joyce

(17 April Everyear / Galway, Ireland)

The Poem Builder's Yard


Sometimes I think my mind
is a bit like a builder's yard.
With portions of poems
phrases and words
Scattered all over the place.

There is ‘voluptuous’
sitting up there on the shelf
(Like two tongues in one mouth)

Then there’s
vitalise
and realise
vacillate and vomit.
Vivacious and vicarious
gregarious and comic.

Where jocular avuncular
evangels the egregious
And the asinine assassinate
the sons of Bognor Regis.

Where Chlamydia gets the regard
a sound like that deserves.
And it’s de rigeur
to dismember
the sound from
the meaning

I have here behind the door,
A long and profound question.
It does ’t fit, it doesn’t rhyme
and I don’t know the answer.

Last week I dragged it out
and stuck it on the far end
of a half finished poem.
Chipping and clipping
pushing syllables into the gaps.

It sort of worked so I sent it out.
Alas and alack and later
I had to go out and bring it back
Saying 'sorry' to the reader.

In the end I hung it above the back door.

Submitted: Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Edited: Saturday, June 19, 2010

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  • Frederick Kesner (5/6/2007 11:04:00 PM)

    And what of a builder's yard if no building results thereof.....
    thanks for shaking up this poet's cage... mayhap this builder's yard
    may yet be saved from turning into a junkyard or a cemetery or words. (Report) Reply

  • Max Reif (1/4/2006 5:38:00 AM)

    I like the image a lot, it really works!
    Some wonderful writing, indeed.
    I'm not sure if the last line is necessary... (Report) Reply

  • sheila knowles (1/3/2006 4:00:00 PM)

    There is ‘voluptuous’
    sitting up there on the shelf
    (Like two tongues in one mouth)
    now there you go and write a line like that and I know it's going to be good. I like your style sean...you ramble, but in a most poetic way ;) (Report) Reply

  • Ernestine Northover (1/3/2006 3:57:00 PM)

    One really needs to swallow the Dictionary, so that words just come into one's head in a 'flash' ready to be used instantly. Now that would be a great advancement. Ah, well, back to that place on the shelf you mentioned! ! ! ! Happy hunting. Love Ernestine. This was a great write by the way, loved it. XXX (Report) Reply

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