Michael Ondaatje Poems

Hit Title Date Added
1.
The Cinnamon Peeler

If I were a cinnamon peeler
I would ride your bed
And leave the yellow bark dust
On your pillow.
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2.
To A Sad Daughter

All night long the hockey pictures
gaze down at you
sleeping in your tracksuit.
Belligerent goalies are your ideal.
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3.
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.
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4.
Application For A Driving License

Two birds loved
in a flurry of red feathers
like a burst cottonball,
continuing while I drove over them.
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5.
Speaking To You (From Rock Bottom)

Speaking to you
this hour
these days when
I have lost the feather of poetry
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6.
(inner Tube)

On the warm July river
head back

upside down river
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7.
Notes For The Legend Of Salad Woman

Since my wife was born
she must have eaten
the equivalent of two-thirds
of the original garden of Eden.
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8.
Elizabeth

Catch, my Uncle Jack said
and oh I caught this huge apple
red as Mrs Kelly's bum.
It's red as Mrs Kelly's bum, I said
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9.
[Kissing the stomach]

Kissing the stomach
kissing your scarred
skin boat. History
is what you've travelled on
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10.
[What were the names of the towns]

What were the names of the towns
we drove into and through

stunned lost
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