Monday, February 6, 2012

Tuesday Poem - By Moonlight by Jennifer Compton

By Moonlight

You didn’t know where Moscow is or who Mozart was.
I touched you and asked you to dance but your face collapsed.
As you slammed the pupils of your eyes shut you unleashed
a powerful one-note perfume, like a carapace, like a cicatrice.

I loved you. I remember you by moonlight, inaccurately,
with the white hair-slide of false hope curving like your shy smile.
I remember you by moonlight, accurately, suddenly barefoot,
suddenly adroit, as the white horse lay and groaned in his sleep.

The moon swayed, the pine trees,
on your boundary, like a premonition,
switched perspective, becoming foreground
with smooth, elusive panache. Trees can do that.

I’ll take my teeth out and put them in a glass beside the bed.
So I can’t bite. This is my last and best gift. Such sentiment!

Here's a poem from my book Barefoot published by Picaro Press.
On its very last chance at the prizes it got the nod and got shortlisted for the John Bray Award at the Adelaide Festival. Oh well done, little book.

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  1. Congratulations on the shortlisted award, Jennifer! The final two lines really surprised me - the change of tone, the violence alluded to - fabulous ending!

  2. Well done you!! (and the little book!) I particularly liked the last two stanzas of this poem - and the lines 'the pine trees,/on your boundary, like a premonition,/switched perspective,' captured that mysterious quality of moonlight to trick the senses. Thank you.

  3. Congratulations! Like the others, I love the last two lines - the twist, and the humour.

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