Monday, May 25, 2015

HE’S A REAL SUNDAY GENTLEMAN, WITH TEATIME MANNERS...




A REAL BOARDING SCHOOL AFTERNOONER
Walks near the row boats at noon while the others sleep afternoon after afternoon.

SOMEONE WHO EATS HIS DINNER IN A RESTAURANT
The restaurant weeps. The tears are like little swimming pools inside of fire-oceans.

A FELLOW WALKS DOWN THE SHADY SIDE OF THE STREET
He knows what it’s like to be sunburnt, like the sun, and shady, like the moon.

WEARS A HAT OF SOMEONE ELSE’S CHOOSING
Someone else feels happy that way, and he doesn’t mind so much.

A SUNSET LOVER
There are more sunset lovers than there are grains of sand that wish they weren’t grains of sand.

SMOOTH ELBOWS
Supple, lyrical, and only apparent when they don’t disappear, briskly.

A MAN WITH SPECIFIC MANNERISMS
This is difficult to explain on the radio, at dawn, in the rain.

SLEEPS DIAGONALLY
A perfect fleshy X, when he finds love.

A PEPLEXMENT
Takes the form of a statement in a pea pod.

RIDES THE CAROUSEL
But never tells a soul on earth unless they’re dead.

AN EVENING BOTANIST
His flashlight is one of a kind but that doesn’t make him happy.

CLASSICALLY ATHLETIC
Beethoven had strong muscles.

FRATERNALLY MINDED
And yet he wears a light wristwatch.

WEARS A LIGHT WRISTWATCH
And yet he still wears a light wristwatch.

GIVES A CAREFUL HANDSHAKE
It’s almost like a symphony, with flesh.

GIVES TOO MUCH CHANGE FOR A DOLLAR
He despises change.

A FLUENT SWIMMER
He leaps from one pool to the next, like a frog in a story containing both moral and marijuana.

A KEEN-EYED BIRDWATCHER
As he grows older, he understands birds as much as they understand him.

FOND OF HIS MOTHER
Once he thinks of her as an old fashioned egg cream.

ELEGANT
But uncertain if that means he can light things on fire.

BUILT ON AN UNCERTAIN FOUNDATION
Which makes it necessary for the sake of other certainties.

FLUTTERSOME
Like a keen French detective, in fine fettle and with a fob.

A REAL JACKDAW
Though it is often said, it remains undefined by those who fear it could be less than it might be.

AVOWED BACHELOR
If you say it often enough, it becomes one word, and then, at last, bursts into hungry flames.

A GENTLEMAN OF THE PIERS
Does not engage with silvan ditties.

BORN WITH THE CAUL
And plays on the shepherd’s pipe what songs he will.

LIMBER
Enough for limbo in a dream by Picasso or is it Cassius Clay in a swimming pool?

AN AESTHETE
When at such times there when A and E were the only married vowels in the alphabet.

IN THE WAY OF UNCLES
Where aunts are shopping for new uncles under the sun.

HE THROWS A PARTY WITH AN OPEN GUEST LIST
Everyone who comes is open.

SON OF THE MOON
Stays awake because it’s just so exciting to be the son of the moon.

A BOY FROM ETON
One day his beard will fall beneath the barber’s blade.

ALWAYS RINGS TWICE
Ne’er thrice, ne’er thrice. Best to bring a pie.

HAS A SILK BATHROBE
Made of Egyptian Cotton.

NOT QUITE UP-TO-CODE
And wonders how the Navajos would say that, and if they would love him for that.

HE HITCHHIKES INSTEAD OF TAKING THE BUS
Because the bus only goes to familiar places that contain towns and places.

STAYS AHEAD OF THE GAME
Even when others are fast asleep, chasing games.

A SKILLFUL MOUNTAIN CLIMBER
A skillful mountain climber indeed.

SALUTES ANOTHER FLAG
That he mounts in his upside-down chimney.

AN UPSIDE-DOWN CHIMNEY SWEEP
Removes the flag when it begins to rain.

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