Tony Jolley

Rookie (17th June 1958 / England)

Beached Bamboo - Poem by Tony Jolley

It lay incongruous:
At an angle oblique to its own belonging,
Languishing lonely between retreating tide
And the blind feet of the Good Friday beach brigade
Denied even a footnote
In the watermargin of either world,
A shadow of its former self,
Reduced in circumstances and stature:
Torso slit and split from navel to neck,
Innards systematically shredded
By the assiduous attrition of salt and sun.

One knot remained resolute,
Its tightly-drawn integrity
Girding and guarding
Its fast-failing fibre ‘wives’,
Husbanding them,
To the very last vestige of its tender tension.

Tomorrow there would be another leaving,
Another landfall to test its ring of wedded resolve;
But for today,
Today it had been enough.

Comments about Beached Bamboo by Tony Jolley

  • (4/4/2008 8:18:00 PM)

    A 'found object' - becomes 'art' through a poet's eye. This is an exceptionally well written poem Tony. Your use of language (esp alliteration) is most pleasing to the ear and the emotional softness of the core indicates a strong connection to your yin side. I am impressed! love, Allie ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (Report) Reply

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  • (11/12/2007 3:19:00 AM)

    I bobbed along each line like floating flotsum and enjoyed the topsy- turvey loneliness... I see your heart filtering through.. well done again lone wolf (Report) Reply

  • (10/16/2007 4:10:00 AM)

    'Wedded resolve'... I've fallen hook, line and sinker..
    'Torso slit and split from navel to neck,
    Innards systematically shredded - By the assiduous attrition of salt and sun.'

    Bamboo - Digeradoo.. boom on - One Peace at a Time... Deana
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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, June 29, 2005

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