Louisiana – a poem

Louisiana

 

Rush with me down —

There’s a cold marble swell

As the forest licks your feet.

 

Green glass-wood water

Edges around white walls

Of artistic interruptions.

 

Picasso Before Picasso,

Us — on Poul Gernes’ prism

Up on the lawn,

The pier’s people paddle —

Before Me and You.

 

Pond skaters settle on tension;

Tight, taut

Spring of a diving board

Half-out the window.

 

Plaster walls twine in-out of branches,

Under soft, stage-lit skylights

Spindly men stride towards see-through walls

In perfect stasis.

 

Ah, but we reached them.

 

A jump from evergreen Louisiana,

Leaf-spines tick the second hand.

 

The pyramid’s dismantled,

Violent in Autumn

The exhibition is over; it ran its course.

 

A patch of brown rot

Dead and free,

Gasps with so much light.

The lawn is solely green once more,

 

I wore blue silk to Elsinore.

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