Robert Ronnow… Not like a figwort

 
 

Not like a figwort

Not like a figwort but not an aster, either. Could he be a buttercup
with sepals, no petals, but sepals like petals? Alan is a bluebeech,
an ash if his books sell. Quick shake hands. Zach’s bald ok, a
magnolia, cone-like fruits a bridge to his neanderthal father.
When did Ben become a chestnut lover? It’s said women are practical
but there’s much variation in their leaves, ovaries. Many are older,
stumps, snags for peckers and porcupines, teachers, feeders, seeders.
What did the wood thrush sing
                                                   teaching its young thrush meanings?
 
Sometimes a mushroom. Did you know such fungi are mostly protein?
Mushrooms could replace meat, and the dead, the dead’s feet, white
as pyrola, could replace the living. Well, we worry. Will we bad luck
be extinguished. Denizens of convenience stores think who cares, will
I beat the reaper? Hope sempiternally springs. Things rarely clear
as sun among the sundews. Eating huckleberries from your kayak.
What Paulinaq says is live your life and then your death until nothing’s left.
Then thou shalt be bereft
                                       of the heavy sackcloth of the soil, soul.
 
Said to Mrs. Buckthorn good poets imitate great poets steal.
I think she’s more an apple tree. Or pear. Good to eat,
amenable to loving. Rose or Ericaceae the differences make the
difference. Emerson and Rylin Malone are dead. The dead
are dumb, the dust won’t speak. And this deep, dull and dark
blessing’s a horizontal reserve. Moonlit. Mr. Hickory is actually a yellow birch,
holy and exfoliating. Busy spilling seed on the surface of the snow.
Teaching essay
                                 writing, algebra, earth science, branches of government.
 
I would be a cypress, cedar, branches calligraphy brushes, divorced from desert.
It takes a divorce for one to know one knows no one not only one’s wife
but your very sons who will always choose the open flower bud.
Good, as they should. Their bones are your bones, strange bones, and a
strange selection of their words. They are Uvularia sessifolia (wild oats)
and Polygonatum biflorum (Solomon’s seal). They outlast the holocaust
or not, they’re made of matter. These windows need a good cleaning.
Leaf-raking. Dusting for ghosts. Ah, sweet peace, perfect rest, there are
no ghosts
                 adults are trees, teens are shrubs, and children are herbaceous.
 
 

Robert Ronnow’s most recent poetry collections are New & Selected Poems: 1975-2005 (Barnwood Press, 2007) and Communicating the Bird (Broken Publications, 2012). Visit his web site at http://www.ronnowpoetry.com.

 

Copyright © 2017 by Robert Ronnow

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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