In memorium Lou Reed

Of late his face in repose
     had grown imperious,
          worn and time-beaten.

Now he’s gone,
     but his music still
          walks the wild side
                of perfect days.

Lou Reed now and then

Lou Reed (1942-2013)

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The Tirade of Tiresias

Tiresias

 

 

The Tirade of Tiresias

is a tedious tetrametric poem

in which a

typhlotic

transexual

poet

recriminates

tutelary

deities

at interminable length.

 

 

 

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Fear purple

Purple people eaterIn a world of

one-eyed,

one-horned,

flying

purple

people

eaters,

porphyrophobia

begins to seem

almost

reasonable.

 

 

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Atropos and Mnemosyne

Atropos

His same question,

my same answer,

again and again.

Atropos clips

the gossamer threads of his memory

faster than

Mnemosyne can weave them.

 

 

 

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I’m aware this should probably be Atropos and Clotho, but Mnemosyne seemed more appropriate.

Porphyrophobia

the-color-purple

 

 

 

If someone with porphyrophobia

     runs screaming

          from a reading

               of Alice Walker’s

               The Color Purple,

          does that count as racism?

 

 

 

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Porphyrophobia really does mean an irrational fear of the colour purple. Look it up! And the doodle is of the front page of my copy of The Color Purple, hence the Virago iron logo.

Insouciance

Insouciance

Though the world found his manner

           self-satisfied,

                self-centred,

 

   Narcissus

                liked to think of it as

                           insouciance.

 

 

 

 

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The doodle is based on a painting I found on the Internet, I liked it, but I didn’t recognise it and I’ve been unable to identify the artist. Any visitor who can help, please do leave a note! 

Decisions

Decisions ah!
     Wound about by drowsy lassitude.
          To rise?
                To write with words sublime?

Or to expire of a wasting disease?

Decisions

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Note to self

Espresso note

 

Note to self:

If you want to stay up till 3am,
    go ahead,
       drink
          that double espresso at 10pm.

But no com­plain­ing after!

 

 

 

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Old Hob

Hairy poet

 

 

You know you’re get­ting old
     (or have become a Hobbit)
when it seems like time well spent,
     morn­ings,
         shaving your ears.

 

 

 

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