Treasure Island

Warren Falcon

(04/23/52 - xxxx / Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA)

With Spring Arrives Blossoms, Bridges, And Old Kobayashi


What a strange thing!
to be alive
beneath cherry blossoms. - Kobayashi Issa

1


From the roof tonight
sighing after Brooklyn Bridge
and that Other so
close beside

blue curves shape
city-glow orange into pink into
rose

letting down their
girders they follow me to my little
room at last

the bare bulb astonished
brightens

after all the years they have
winked from tenement distances
over tar, over stoops, disturbing
only the prudish pigeons


through my open window
with their faithful light
they finally arrive

this night the wavering curtains
hold their breath


2


I recline then

stuporous on the

sag sofa beside

the black mirror


evening air heavy


from certain blossoms

a pungent semen smell


Kobayashi? can 'stain' rhyme with 'Spring'?

Will 'Spring' ever rhyme again with 'screen' or 'crane'?


3


One touches the other which touches me

I am become a massive bird
bent backwards

a wobbling kite of tallow and tin
a bruised three-blade fan

petroleum kisses over
massive cables between coiled

legs, those others, of mortar,
of hot metal glow

the handsome welder, masked, sings
into the retina of his dark glass

of a strange
thing breached

entwined with bridges
a bloated form of
tangled arcs, angles

how lips chafe
gently the many
necks curved
of alloy
million-groined

a Balthus* mirror
breaking

drunk on blossoms


4


In my youth

I swayed

easily seduced

by bridges


nothing's changed

about me now

that ginkgoes

are surprised by


it is spring

the blossoms come


nothing to do Mr. Kobayashi

but to open the worn book with

your name upon it and try again,

like you, to be a mensch **




*Balthus - Balthasar Klossowski de Rola, best known as Balthus, was a Polish-French modern artist. Throughout his career, Balthus rejected the usual conventions of the art world. Some of his most well known paintings are of swooning young girls or women gazing into handheld mirrors in lonely, well-appointed interiors.


**mensch - a Yiddish word for a person of integrity and honor.

Submitted: Saturday, April 13, 2013
Edited: Monday, April 07, 2014

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