Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Flash of the Phoenix




Phoned by many a lady in a poetic fugue, wanting, seemingly to end it all, I was somehow getting into a funk myself. When the computer stole the poem I had been working on for years, I contemplated hanging myself. Just before I looked for the rope, however, I realized that I had, just before my depression, pressed Find.
And what do you know? I didn't have to kill myself, even if an editor had remarked, looking over an earlier draft, "You do not entirely avoid self pity."
Blame it on all my self-pitying ladies. Osmosis. I think it's catching.
Anyway, here's the poem:

THE PHOENIX

At first they tried to starve the phoenix.
Cut off his income. Take away his wife.
The Phoenix went from field to barren field, picking plucking, thinking.
They finally tethered the phoenix
Force-fed him pebbles, gruel
Called him a French Canadian.
Ha ha.
Gruel for you. And peasoup.
You are de woodpecker, no? Bash de face against de tree.
The Phoenix became spavined. It molted.
Till one day a flash.


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16 comments:

the walking man said...

I would set it on the page differently and add a line and word.


THE PHOENIX

At first
they tried to starve the phoenix.
Cut off his income.
Take away his wife.

The Phoenix
went from field to barren field, picking plucking, thinking.
They finally tethered
POOR phoenix(.)
Force-fed him
pebbles, gruel
Called him a French Canadian.
Ha ha.

Gruel (POUTINE) for you.
And peasoup.
SERVED WITH PHOENIX STEW

You are de woodpecker, no?
Bash de face
against de tree.

The Phoenix became spavined.
It molted.

One day a flash. again.



Sorry Ivan I can't stop myself from doing this edit shit. Or is it shitty editing?

Sometimes if I don't pity myself there would be no one at all attending the party.

ivan said...

Ha-ha, Mark.

That' subtle. A self-piting, exact-asserting Phoenix?

ivan said...

Crap. I never use spellcheck. That should read self-pitying.

Charles Gramlich said...

I think I admire woodpeckers better than the phoenix. Maybe I'm just more like them.

ivan said...

I think it was in Sept Isles, Quebec, that I first heard a Frenchman ask, "What is dat t'ing dat bash his face agains de tree?"
I began to like Frenchmen immediately...And their gorgeous women.

Erik Donald France said...

Excellent. Spavined is such a good word.

ivan said...

Thanks, Eric.

Haven't come across it since an old Louis L'Amour western.

ivan said...

...Erik Donald France, that is.

Mona said...

Is it a flash or aflash? ( My edit here to add to TWM 's )

what is the meaning of spavined????

ivan said...

Mona,

Thanks. I think "(one day) a flash" works better than an adverb.

Spavined is old, envervated and feeble. Like me. :)

Selchie said...

Ha much less of the feeble. Great poem, thanks for the smile on this grey morning and the visit. Have put your story The Hat People on my November favourites, am at the end of ch 2 and intrigued.)

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ivan said...

Why, thank you, Selchie.

I am intrigued by your new book, Aporia, apparently about a seal that takes on almost predestined human qualities.

My late uncle by marriage wrote something similar about a beaver, though the beaver remained very much the engineer...Heh. Only in Canada.
Anyway that book was titled Sharptooth, and became almost de rigeur for Canadian school children.
David Alleby Smith was my uncle and friend.

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