Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Eteläkuusi | A Potted Christmas Tree

Kerro, 2007, viimeinen runo.
Sonnet in the Shape of a Potted Christmas Tree
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O
fury-
bedecked!
O glitter-torn!
Let the wild wind erect
bonbonbonanzas; junipers affect
frostyfreeze turbans; iciclestuff adorn
all cuckolded creation in a madcap crown of horn!
It’s a new day; no scapegrace of a sect
tidying up the ashtrays playing Daughter-in-Law Elect;
bells! bibelots! popsicle cigars! shatter the glassware! a son born
now
now
while ox and ass and infant lie
together as poor creatures will
and tears of her exertion still
cling in the spent girl’s eye
and a great firework in the sky
drifts to the western hill.


George Starbuck, “Sonnet in the Shape of a Potted Christmas Tree” from The Works: Poems Selected from Five Decades. Copyright © 2003 by the University of Alabama Press. Reprinted with the permission of the University of Alabama Press.

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