October 13, 2011KR OnlinePoetry

Scene Two

In another garden, a poet’s brother had called the lark a fist
of blood & feathers; she couldn’t tell me that.
A shaman, failed, o my poor brother, she whispered for me to hear.

Low light had sprawled on feathers at the base of some soldier’s bronze,
abandoned chewed wing. Had fallen on some newly planted blood
brights, one ivory chip the gardener added to the bed, its Easter tulip.

On the heath, scene two : drop by drop-cloth, no magicians, no Lears
no fools, no daughters, more morning light—landscape hangings murmur,
after such dark—Gainsboroughs’ costumed static, or grief.

I borrowed a second poet. He led me to his favorite Lady Briscoe, for
her silver high-coiffed tragic—her beauty’s tag, a powdered chalk
that painted her naked throat. She’s a stopped animal, satin-fold sky. Bone.

She’s pale in the fashion that would kill her three weeks after that
portrait’s last stroke; it was the lead, buried in her chalk. Borrowed hand,
my poet leads with whispers for the sun—& April comes.

Blooming magnolia stellata, or lacei, speaks for warmed stars, first
snow’s falling lace of perfumes like coconut milk from islands I’m
missing. I’d make love with these branches hung for a ripening woman to bury
in, laugh in, twirl in. In front of God & everyone, my lips hurt every flower.

Here, a man made the night bird’s happiness immortal, & lyric raised its children.
Here, London. Here, heath & magnolia : an ancient genus
evolved before bees appeared, loved by starving beetles, all, crawling for its center.

I’m a woman of a certain age, deciding she’ll live. April at the poet’s razor.
This middle. This vast. “What thou among the leaves hast never known . . . ”

Margo Berdeshevsky’s newest collection of poetry, Before The Drought, will be published by Glass Lyre Press in June 2017; it was also a finalist for the National Poetry Series 2015. Her earlier collections are Between Soul & Stone, and But a Passage in Wilderness (Sheep Meadow Press). Her Beautiful Soon Enough (University of Alabama Press), a book of illustrated stories, received Fiction Collective Two’s first Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Award. Other honors include the Robert H. Winner Award from the Poetry Society of America. Her works are published in journals worldwide. She currently lives and writes in Paris. For more, please see: http://margoberdeshevsky.blogspot.com