Michael Ondaatje


Michael Ondaatje Poems

1. Nine Sentiments (IX) 4/18/2017
2. Wells II 4/18/2017
3. Step 4/18/2017
4. The Great Tree 4/18/2017
5. [What were the names of the towns] 4/18/2017
6. [Kissing the stomach] 4/18/2017
7. Last Ink 4/18/2017
8. The Time Around Scars 4/18/2017
9. Notes For The Legend Of Salad Woman 1/13/2003
10. Elizabeth 1/13/2003
11. (inner Tube) 1/13/2003
12. Speaking To You (From Rock Bottom) 1/13/2003
13. Application For A Driving License 1/13/2003
14. Bearhug 1/13/2003
15. To A Sad Daughter 1/13/2003
16. The Cinnamon Peeler 1/13/2003
Best Poem of Michael Ondaatje

The Cinnamon Peeler

If I were a cinnamon peeler
I would ride your bed
And leave the yellow bark dust
On your pillow.

Your breasts and shoulders would reek
You could never walk through markets
without the profession of my fingers
floating over you. The blind would
stumble certain of whom they approached
though you might bathe
under rain gutters, monsoon.

Here on the upper thigh
at this smooth pasture
neighbour to you hair
or the crease
that cuts your back. This ankle.
You will be known among strangers
as the cinnamon peeler's wife.

I could hardly ...

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Bearhug

Griffin calls to come and kiss him goodnight
I yell ok. Finish something I'm doing,
then something else, walk slowly round
the corner to my son's room.
He is standing arms outstretched
waiting for a bearhug. Grinning.

Why do I give my emotion an animal's name,
give it that dark squeeze of death?

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