Category Archives: Lyrical Poems

All-Where Air Binds and Loosens . a poem by Alice B. Clagett

Published on 15 February 2019

Dear Ones,

Here is an early poem …

. . . . .

ALL-WHERE AIR BINDS AND LOOSENS
A Poem by Alice B. Clagett
amongst her early works

Few of us found it
less knew he had it
enjoined unbidden and fled equally unwilled.

Of a steel-bright morn-end
scarecrow wavered in the corn field, watching

Blue sun sliced straw fingers
painted eyes kissed pained air
one shoe moulded a wet home for field mice.

Then the fervid disc in soft alleviation lowered :
Greenness. More corn, more crow grown bold.
Two shoes, the field mouse
straw hand comforting

All-where air binds and loosens.
Few find
less cognizant
none refusing dispersal.

. . . . .

Image: “Millipede,” by Alice B. Clagett, late 1900s, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Millipede,” by Alice B. Clagett, late 1900s, CC BY-SA 4.0

Alice B. Clagett


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Enter Softly . a poem by Alice B. Clagett

Published on 15 February 2019

Dear Ones,

Here is an early poem …

. . . . .

ENTER SOFTLY
A Poem by Alice B. Clagett
amongst her early works

Enter softly.
Do harsh steps shake the world?
molest the grass?
kill caterpillars?

The cold pale knight of morning
unwraps the dead.

Once more, my love
love me more.
I see you in my mind’s eye
with the mind’s kiss
and the mind’s sigh

Cat’s eyes
two yellow slits in a black screen
watched over us.
Clock’s tick
renewed our silent symphony.

Dew tells no audience
the record of such rhapsody.
Only
receding
washes pawpads
of our AWOL guardian.

. . . . .

Alice B. Clagett


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Promises . a poem by Alice B. Clagett

Published on 15 February 2019

Dear Ones,

Here is an early poem …

. . . . .

PROMISES
A Poem by Alice B. Clagett
amongst her early works

Touch me, touch me!
prone on the sand
warm morning sun tickled her knee
sea breeze touched hair
spiderly.

You are one.

Fill up the time with promises.

. . . . .

Alice B. Clagett


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The Fountain . a poem by Alice B. Clagett

Published on 15 February 2019

Dear Ones,

Here is an early poem written when I lived in San Francisco and worked downtown there …

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THE FOUNTAIN
A Poem by Alice B. Clagett
amongst her early works

A fountain in continuous ejaculation
greets the spring

Futile trajectory
recycled to itself

Some small spilling onto
infertile grey stones
cemented to the city

.

Grow me grass in crannies
flowers beside you, fountain
try.

. . . . .

Alice B. Clagett


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JAIMITHAI, Jaimithai . a poem by Alice B. Clagett

Published on 15 February 2019

Dear Ones,

Here is an early poem. The word Jaimithai is pronounced: Jay’ myth ae … The last syllable rhymes with the word: day

. . . . .

JAIMITHAI, Jaimithai
A Poem by Alice B. Clagett
amongst her early works

Fast,
so fast!
Where did it go?
We didn’t spend it.
It sped by on lubricated, golden grooves.

Jamithai, Jaimithai,
come to me once more,
only once more.
The image of your presence
smells so sweet.

This old maid’s abode
once rocked with disorder,
emphasized disorder front face
to my futile, fussy finicking.

Jamithai, Jaimithai,
when you left I put the laughter
in the blown glass stoppered bottle on the mantel.
I don’t know how long laughter keeps
before it spoils for good.
Perhaps it has grown old and dry like me.

Jamithai, Jaimithai,
if I had been born like you,
under a wild tree,
what would I not have done
that you dared do,
we two wild scion seeds of a wild tree?

Did I pick my mother?
Did she pick the peach tree?

. . . . .

Alice B. Clagett


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Monroe Street, N.E. . a poem by Alice B. Clagett

Published on 15 February 2019

Dear Ones,

Here is an early poem, written during my father’s final illness …

. . . . .

MONROE STREET, N.E.
A Poem by Alice B. Clagett
amongst her early works

.

Monroe Street, N.E. :

Trees like hairy octopi
reach to catch the passerby

.

The black cat
with backlit, yellow eyes
Skulks
on a picket fence

. . . . .

Alice B. Clagett


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Pretend, Pretend . a poem by Alice B. Clagett

Published on 15 February 2019

Dear Ones,

Here is one of my early poems …

. . . . .

PRETEND, PRETEND
A Poem by Alice B. Clagett
amongst her early works

Pretend, pretend
wind bears rank wolf scent
spear’s rough-hewn haft heavy in hand

. . . . .

Alice B. Clagett


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