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Jay Mandeville

Marilyn the Unprofessional/Poor Natalie's Fate: 2 poems

MARILYN THE UNPROFESSIONAL

Marilyn the unprofessional
highly personal description of herself
photographed in her childhood dreams
by all the faces she was to
become

POOR NATALIE'S FATE

Poor Natalie's fate
is that of...
Anna Muir's name
carved in wood beside
the sea

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War Is Jealous of the Bridegrooms

when war was first invented,
it was jealous of
the bridegrooms -
it left envious ruins
in place of wedding blooms

conflict after conflict
war bestowed in blood
on the countenance of beauty
destruction's kiss
delivered to flame the tears
of daughters and favoured sons -
their blessed vows cast down

ambitious for power
war made justice blind
to the spirit's essence
dispossessed with dark funds
the fruitful eloquence
of a peaceful life well led -

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GREEN, A Litany

green in the midst of drab desolation
green ‘til the tide in the street overflows
green that preserves green's green reputation
green behind curtains, like cellist & bow


green on occasions no green is permissible
green by inversion a negative flame
green in final disgrace & dismissal
green where the gravedigger shoulders his spade


green like the walls of Verlaine's Belgium prison
green woods, wolf & poet meeting on equal foot
green like embroidery on old smoking-jackets
covered with needlepoint dragons & soot


green like a murderer gone to the guillotine
green like the lawns of this land breaking through

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Children of the Midwest Sun

We are the children of the Midwest sun:
its light has weight, measured musical tones.

'Come along, ' sang Empedocles,450 BCE,
'and I'll tell you a tale of the Sun's nativity:
how the land, and rapid air,
damp vapors and the sea,
that bind Titan's circle around the earth,
all spring from the same identity.'

For the great Sun God, the Egyptian Ra,
lordly Mithras of the Persians,
Greek Apollo bright-orbed,
the majestic Incan Sun, Druidic Stonehenge Sun,
the Chinese, the Indian, and Australian Sun
are all One...
its light has weight, measured musical tones.

We are the children of the Midwest Sun:
the buzzing insects, beasts and birds,

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