Poetry or Livestock

June 3, 2013

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.

 

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3 Responses to “Poetry or Livestock”

  1. Yousei Hime Says:

    Not often one finds Blake strolling through today’s poetry. Enjoyed this very much.

  2. extrasimile Says:

    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.)

  3. Yousei Hime Says:

    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.


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