"LET ME MAKE THE SONGS OF A NATION, AND I CARE NOT WHO MAKES ITS LAWS."
V. S. Naipaul (1932-2018) At the house of Mr. Biswas we'd eavesdrop: a bond between us. On moonless nights like this, I swear we had a light leading us there. ~~~~~ An Alpaca For Amandalpaca From Alpacadam Here's an alpaca with your name on it fur as soft as the ear of a rabbit bounding between the lines of a sonnet all for the sake of love An' if this crazy camelid runs away the green grass of Kent leading him astray you just whistle him home- it's your birthday all for the sake of love In the name of love, for the sake of love just whistle an' he'll come bounding for love with soft fur as white as a cloud above and your name on it How should you care for him? Just let him eat and no grass greener than here at your feet ~~~~~ A Visit It seemed to be a special day for grasshoppers in the graveyard this one on my bedroom ceiling must have hitched a ride from there I want him to stay this luminous green wowing us all with feelers longer than his body standing there upside-down where we couldn't dream of it so with this paper I'll bear him to my open window leaving him to pursue the grasshopper ways with his unique song and exuberant spring sail far as the winds blow the way a good grasshopper should on behalf of all of us left behind clutching every charm against the night's chill ~~~~~ The Kid With The Target On His Chest It makes me consider the heart more sympathetically this target on the chest designed to make me condemn outright the beating heart it reveals more than covers. Who is this boy who could be anyone? Ghostly in black in white as if from a chapter now ash but I've met less in the mirror. Shadows cresting night's hills I take them to be the firing squad too well trained to hesitate already lining up tomorrow's job. The old rumour circulates -a good world gone bad- what idiot provides the reason? My own heart led away-dark times like these- ending a poem with a bang. ~~~~~
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