Poetry or Livestock

A certain Miss Hortense dispensed
the licenses that controlled
the prices of all the tea
that London imported from Bombay—
and while she did this almost invisibly,
as if behind a fence, there was
a kind of making sense for her of both
experience and innocence,
like that nice Mr. Blake,
who had come to secure a license for
a zoo, or so it seemed—a tiger,
imagine—she was not at all
responsible for poetry or livestock—
that was down the hall.


Published by extrasimile

define: extra: excess, more than is needed, required or desired; something additional of the same kind. define: simile: a simile is a type of figurative language, language that does not mean exactly what it says, that makes a comparison between two otherwise unalike objects or ideas by connecting them with the words “like” or “as.” The reader can see a similar connection with the verbs resemble, compare and liken. Similes allow an author to emphasize a certain characteristic of an object by comparing that object to an unrelated object that is an example of that characteristic. define: extra: an minor actor in a crowd scene

3 thoughts on “Poetry or Livestock

  1. I have not read Brook’s books, at least not that I recall. I shall try to find one and rectify that failing. I still love reading children’s lit along with all my other fancies.

    I appreciate your sharing your reading time to visit my blog. I enjoy my reading here, and though I don’t have time to comment often, there are poems that demand the time. I look forward to the day one of my poems demands your response. That’s inspiration for me.

    I look forward to visiting again, hoping to catch a glimpse of Romanticism personified.

  2. Thank you. I was in London last year and the hotel I stayed in had a view of a backyard, fenced in and private. I developed quite a fantasy—I don’t quite know why—of William Blake living and working down there. The actual house when Blake spent most of his life has been destroyed. I didn’t let that stop me. Perhaps Mr. Blake will stop in again one of these days…
    Let me take the opportunity, by the way, to thank you for reading and ‘liking’ my poems. I do appreciate it. They can be difficult reading at times. My eyesight is such that I am fairly parsimonious with what I read, but I do look at your blog periodically. You are very generous. Yousei Hime, the poetic rabbit!
    (Ever read Walter Brooks ‘Freddy the Pig’ books when you were a kid? I devoured them.)

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