Clubs and Diamonds
You were not there On the sleeping veranda When we watched the sundown You did not see me shiver In a wet bathing suit As the sun went down Grandma was nearly Out of her head As she taught me to balance The silence and dread And daddy was in town Feeling sorry for himself His immaculate revenue Dead on the ground And mama pretending Jangling and pushing Everyone around Did not see me slither Watching grandpa Remembering mama In her silk nightgown I want to arrange One more vision of you Lying naked in the sun On a rock by the sea. Third War(Colossal) You knew what an alert was, You exited when told, You did not protest, You covered up quickly, And left with the rest. Were the woods radioactive, Were the corks, were the genes, Was the glass in the desert, Were the ways and means? Were you there when the bomb came, Did you see it fall, Did it leave a shadow on your wall? The man had a blade, And he cut your throat, He burned down your city, And he made you choke. When you woke with the dead, Did your heart still pound, Was it the day of the dead, The day you were found? When the innocent bathe in blood, Is the war over then, And are you set free? Breathe in and breathe out, The night is still here, And oh, my darling, you are so near! Bio: Elizabeth Cusack is a recovering actress. Ever since playing Rhoda Penmark in “The Bad Seed” as a child, deservedly, she has endeavoured to keep up her end of the bargain. Elizabeth has been blessed with the best of teachers over the years, mostly from the school of hard knocks. She has championed and performed in fringe theatre in America. Elizabeth edits her favourite poet while not otherwise inspired by her muse to write.
Stunning poem! I love it!