There was a time 
Where a door could be empty,
Just thin slats of colour 
That stroked at the paper-boy.

With a Biro lid rattling
On one miner's shoulder,
We spent the short days 
Like fat Roman emperors.
Ill-clad with gold.
And the sweat off our backs.
In one hand a meat,
The other a finger

I counted out zeros,
And leftover pie lids,
To a boy they called Lemon
Whose hands were like glass.

We used a letter opener 
	To cut off his hair.

Β© Eve Redwater 2012


14 thoughts on “Prologue

  1. Your poems are always filled with intrigue Eve – I’m compelled to read them 2, 3 or 4 times – depth, passion and sensuality – when I see the notification in my inbox, it’s like, oh this’ll be good. One of the best poetry blogs around !! πŸ™‚

  2. Hi, some extraordinary imagery here. ‘where a door could be empty…’ that’s interesting….’that stroked at the paper-boy.’ Hmm.
    ‘fat Roman emperors. Ill-clad with gold.’- ‘And the sweat off our back.’ That’s some juxtaposition?
    Left over pie lids and a boy with hands like glass… and then that odd, final verse. Wow.
    Whatever you’re on, I want some of it! πŸ˜‰
    To say you are imaginative is an understatement. Maybe it’s to do with being multi-lingual. I don’t know a word of Japanese but I imagine learning it uses different parts of the brain which may open creativity. Only an idea, but maybe there’s a thesis here, somewhere.

    • Thank you David!

      In my mind, I suppose this poem is a little simpler to comprehend, but, that’s always the way with your own writing isn’t it? πŸ˜‰
      You never know about learning another language, I think it does expose parts of your brain that may never be – I bet a linguist could tell us! I’ve always had a bit of a ‘strange’ mind for words and description. Like I’ve mentioned before, my family often has no idea what I’m talking about! I’ve also been likened to a person that’s been cast back who knows how many years into the past… which I thought was quite a nice compliment to be honest!

      All the best, David, and thank you for taking the time to like and comment my work as always.

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