Rosemary Tonks Poems

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1.
Oath

I swear that I would not go back
To pole the glass fishpools where the rough breath lies
That built the Earth - there, under the heavy trees
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2.
The Drinkers Of Coffee

We talk openly, and exchange souls.
Power-shocks of understanding knock us off our feet!
The same double life among the bores and vegetables,
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3.
Song Of The October Wind

A mighty air-sea, fierce and very clean
Was gliding in across the city.
Oxygenating gusts swept down and
Chloroformed us, in a light too bright to see by.
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4.
Story Of A Hotel Room

Thinking we were safe-insanity!
We went in to make love. All the same
Idiots to trust the little hotel bedroom.
Then in the gloom…
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5.
Badly Chosen Lover

Criminal, you took a great piece of my life,
And you took it under false pretences,
That piece of time
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6.
A Few Sentences Away

What a night! My past is very close.
Dark rag-and-satin April in the city
Moves its water lily breezes, one by one. My fading letters!
My café-au-lait sentences that groaned for love and money.
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7.
Addiction To An Old Mattress

No, this is not my life, thank God...
...worn out like this, and crippled by brain-fag;
Obsessed first by one person, an then
(Almost at once) most horribly besotted by another:
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8.
Dressing-Gown Olympian

I insist on vegetating here
In motheaten granduer. Haven't I plotted
Like a madman to get here? Well then.
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9.
The Desert Wind Elite

I am outside life, and pour the sand
For my own desert, recklessly.
But if some flame splashes over from my arab hours
Into your dismal, shadow-bathing century...
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10.
The Sofas, Fogs, And Cinemas

I have lived it , and lived it,
My nervous, luxury civilization,
My sugar-loving nerves have battered me to pieces.
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