Wednesday, December 28, 2005

heroic fish

somehow during a sort of comment / conversation thing at 2 a.m. (no i haven't told a couch tale yet but i still may: i have a very interesting couch) i fondly recalled a poem i wrote way back in the autumn of double-aught, which was meant to be a piece in heroic couplets (except for that rhyming part, because i'm pretty open-ended about these sort of things) on the History of Life on Mars.* i couldn't thing of a damn thing but david bowie, wailing in my head "it's the freakiest shooooowww...is there life on maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaars?"
this was the result.


Untitled Martian Ballad

All I can think of Mars is David Bowie who
fills my homeric head with sequins; you see

many moons ago the powder currents in
fierce red rock carved a face in dust to stare

on a strange blue world and for the entertainment
of martian ices the rust planet invented

eyeshadow and heroin and sent gaunt
glamour to tease us with epics of spacemen

and alien eyes and now when I try to write
one heroic song on the life and times of

red red mars I see a feline hypnoglitter
cold rock star dressed in metallic fumes who

sings about spiders in my brain and endless
scifi wonderlands smoking cigarettes and

gyroscopes in defiance of earthbound
telescopes and my technic science is lost in

shining stage language star rocket sex and
dazzle steals red biology from my tongue.


*it was a rather interesting creative writing class i took at Rutgers (with a very interesting young man who arrived in very interesting circumstances, which is a fish for another day) during what came to be the Autumn of the Form Poem.
you name it, i wrote it: sonnets, centos, sestinas, pantoums, villanelles, in memoriams. don't know what came over me.

5 little fish:

Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

by the by, i owe a great deal to mysfit for the "feline hypnoglitter" bit.

2:51 PM  
Blogger JP swam up to say...

You're a Starman!!!

I like this poem very much.

12:31 AM  
Blogger mysfit swam up to say...

you do? oh *blushes*

10:18 AM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

jp: it likes you too.

mysfit, you don't remember?

12:12 PM  
Blogger mysfit swam up to say...

oh well i do - sort of

2:04 PM  

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