Dick Davis

(1945 / Portsmouth)

Dick Davis Poems

1. Ibn Battuta 11/11/2016
2. Edgar (i.m. Edgar Bowers, 1924 - 2000) 11/11/2016
3. Getting Away 11/11/2016
4. A Photograph of Two Brothers 11/11/2016
5. Rembrandt's Return of the Prodigal Son 11/11/2016
6. Your Children Growing 11/11/2016
7. [I lay down in the darkness of my soul...] 11/11/2016
8. [The heart has its abandoned mines...] 11/11/2016
9. Flight 11/11/2016
10. Water 11/11/2016
11. Touring A Past 1/3/2003
12. Desert Stop At Noon 1/3/2003
13. The Jigsaw 1/3/2003
14. Memories Of Cochin 1/3/2003
15. Baucis And Philemon 1/3/2003
16. Shadows 1/3/2003
17. Iran Twenty Years Ago 1/3/2003
18. Guides For The Soul 1/3/2003
19. Uxor Vivamus 1/3/2003
20. Aubade 1/3/2003
21. A Translator's Nightmare 1/3/2003
22. A Monorhyme For The Shower 1/3/2003
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A Monorhyme For The Shower

Lifting her arms to soap her hair
Her pretty breasts respond – and there
The movement of that buoyant pair
Is like a spell to make me swear
Twenty odd years have turned to air;
Now she’s the girl I didn’t dare
Approach, ask out, much less declare
My love to, mired in young despair.

Childbearing, rows, domestic care –
All the prosaic wear and tear
That constitute the life we share –
Slip from her beautiful and bare
Bright body as, made half aware
Of my quick, surreptitious stare,
She wrings the water from her hair
And turning smiles to see me ...

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Iran Twenty Years Ago

Each summer, working there, I’d set off for
The fabled cities – Esfahan, Kashan,
Or Ecbatana, where Hephaestion died,
The poets’ towns – Shiraz and Nayshapour,
Or sites now hardly more than villages
Lapped by the desert, Na’in or Ardestan . . .

Their names now mean a dusty backstreet somewhere
Empty and silent in the vivid sunlight,

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