Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Stray Verse


Mad with hunger, I asked a flower for advice.
The flower said, “You’re standing in my light.”

So now I’m just a thorn — beneath the wind,
But still above the ground, still above the ground.

(first publication)


Updates:
“Stray Verse” added to Poems, Slightly Used.

In the Forum: hostile foot-aggression.

15 comments:

ALeks said...

"..still above the ground."
Wow,strong,thorny image,beautiful and what a pompous flower,not nice flower, :O)
Hi William,hope your feet are feeling better as you on them.

William Michaelian said...

I still have ten toes, so I’m grateful for that....

I was wondering about that flower myself. Usually they’re much kinder.

RUDHI - Chance said...

That flower was a ghost named Diogenes from Sinope, William?

William Michaelian said...

Maybe so. And that’s how he repays my honesty, the bum.

Wine and Words said...

Reminds me of a good friend, always saying, "Well, it's another day above ground." Sometimes it's all we got. Other days we are prolific bloomers, and then again perhaps...flowers with an attitude. Today I wish not to be vegetation. Too damn fragile. I wish to be rock.

Joseph Hutchison said...

Rudhi beat me to the punch, but I'll pass it along anyway: Daumier's version, in which you, my friend, must be the prone fellow at the feet of the flowery Alexander....

William Michaelian said...

Very well, Annie, wish granite. And several years ago, I knew an elderly man, a sports writer and former NCAA basketball official, who, when asked how he was doing, always said, “Well, I’m still this side of the grass.”

Yep, Joe, that’s it exactly — on a good day....

Janice said...

The flower had no advice to give, so it wanted you to go away...
Below one but above the other, all things being equal dear thorn...

William Michaelian said...

Well, I guess it’s not so bad. With any luck, I’ll be picked up by a bicycle tire and go for a little ride....

Janice said...

Only until you cause the tire to go flat :)

Obiterspeak said...

i thought “You’re standing in my light” was the flower's kind advice or at least advice on how to regard her from good vantage - a thorn's advantage, as it turns out:)

William Michaelian said...

Hmm... Obiterspeak, it occurs to me now that I probably misinterpreted the flower’s comment. It likely meant, “What is good for me is also good for you”...

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Oh, Janice, you just reminded me of something. When my father was a kid, he used to plug leaks in bike tires by pumping homemade yogurt into them. It really worked. Another Depression-era remedy...

martinealison said...

Tant qu'on a la tête haute, on peut se regarder en face et avancer...
Bises

William Michaelian said...

Ah. This is fun. I think I understand you, Martine. But whether I do or not, your words made me come up with this little saying:

“A proud man steps on thorns.”

Momo Luna said...

I'm glad you are. I always enjoy the comments also a lot.
:-)