Treasure Island

Anthony Di'anno

(North Yorkshire)

Whispering Paper


Another sodden night.

Corpsed cauliflower fingers.

Bright blazing eyes.

Meaty muscular hands,

criss crossed cuts.

Covered in film.

Sergio Leone

Whispering Paper.

Smouldering rustler.

Silenced by rain.

Never wore gloves.

Submitted: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Edited: Friday, June 21, 2013

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Nothing rustles when it's wet.

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  • Daniel Brick (7/13/2014 2:29:00 PM)

    This poem is so different from your sonnets that at first I could not relate to it. It helped to read it outloud on a subsequent reading. First, because it describes outdoor experiences vigorously. Second, because the texture of the language is rough and untamed. It's not the fault of the poem that I find it difficult to relate to, that's my problem, not the poem's. The speaker of these words reminds me of the character Robert Duvall played in TENDER MERCIES, a man of utmost integrity, who only speaks the truth, even though truth-telling hurts his case. (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (2/5/2014 11:49:00 PM)

    well i'm sure there is more than meets MY eye here, even though i did google sergio leone and whispering paper.
    i enjoyed the string of alliterations in the first half of the poem. thanks for sharing. :) bri (Report) Reply

  • Danny Draper (6/13/2013 5:58:00 AM)

    You gave it away Sir, I looked up Sergio Leone and yes they call me Trinity and in case you forget, Trinity's still my
    name. Strong descriptive language. Whispering paper speaks, 'Wanted dead or alive.' I like whispering paper reminds me of the screaming telegram in Harry Potter. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (5/22/2013 12:51:00 AM)

    The image I get here is the image of someone violently exposed to the rough realities of life, weather beaten and down to earth who takes things in their stride! Though life is irksome for him, still there is glitter and blaze in his eyes! With crisp words, you have drawn a vivid portrait! ! (Report) Reply

  • Smoky Hoss (5/7/2013 3:21:00 PM)

    The barren toughness of living like the large emptiness of wide open spaces, exposed without mercy to all life has to throw at a soul;
    Darn-good poem! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • David Wood (4/27/2013 11:58:00 AM)

    I used to work on a farm and my hands were the same. Chapped hands like dinner plates. An inspirational poem Anthony. (Report) Reply

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (4/24/2013 6:28:00 AM)

    Corpsed cauliflower fingers, Bright blazing eyes., it started another wet night i hope this is about the desire unfulfilled...the imagery ye 've chosen is deep very deep thanks for the heavy dose (Report) Reply

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