Treasure Island

Jay Mandeville

(February 16 / Kansas City, Missouri USA)

The Progress


I've slept damp in the greenhouse,
for ages outsourced,
the gladiolus alive in my veins,
while Time's bounded joists
nurtured ghostly snares
that entwined every thought
I envisioned there.

Dragged out in the light,
wrung and flung, soaking-wet,
into the world of human demands,
I emerge from dreaming
too long in the shade
of mischance dealt by
moss-stained,5-card hands.

Outside, though, I'm fine,
a gardener Occidental,
with dandiprat face, clay-like
and impersonal,
that seasons have browned
like a wind-worn sundial.

And because the forenoon
is forever and final,
the unending planted rows
twist tight and tango,
bursting through topsoil
I've drawn with colored pencil.

But soon the fragrance of
colder doves will stand in trees
to mischief my ear,
cooing from tangled brush,
patchoulied and brittle,
the gaunt song
of season gone, season done...

So must Lord Virus lie fallow, retry,
and for the carolling year retool.
With microscoped care,
his unyielding hordes
may usher me straight back
to gardening school.



Note: A dandiprat is a person of multiple insignificance.

Submitted: Tuesday, March 05, 2013

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

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 (The Progress by Jay Mandeville )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  9. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Brel2, David McLansky
  2. Untouched, Pradip Chattopadhyay
  3. Being Enriched, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  4. If we meet again, Mellinda Aimee Jajalla
  5. Wondering How To Find Conclusions, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  6. My Luna ii, binod bastola
  7. Killings! Killings!, Udaya R. Tennakoon
  8. Long ago and far away., richard harris
  9. in memory of my first and last love, LUZAAN de Bruyn
  10. A Pair Of Messy Birds (Fun Poem 158), David Harris

Poem of the Day

poet Robert Frost

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Ernest G Moll

 

Member Poem

[Hata Bildir]