THERMOS 5: Caryl Pagel

Today’s second of three Caryl Pagel poems we’ll re-publish from our print issues this week remains one of my personal favorites — not just of poems we’ve published in THERMOS, but of poems I’ve read in first books, current books, all books these past few years. Happy to have the chance — again — to place it in your attention. — AS



The Sick Bed


When last to mutter
may your head fall empty
illness find
approaching graveness


May your light strum from
a dust torn window
to where you watch
still body part


We none do see each I fall out


For example: I held his hand
I did not
know when it was over


What made me mean body











Gone uncaught
un-lit or flown
it’s strange


of that mine
I can tell you nothing left


but what formed












Now–to hold on
to new space
Frame tremor can you
frame heady loss


with a morning canceled
no
I think no


morning can go canceled












That day became


a broken ear


a constant ringing


take care of this
beware of


Not any inner thought


Straight became
a monster


I mean master
of my own clean loss












See this version
this image


waits not to grow cold if you ask
I will go by
my second self’s hand


no sneak up from behind
bright shade
tranquil dose
to catch me ill
staring at far off clouds unraveled thin


My lord
the closest killer


hides my enemies too












Open only
unhinged in plea


hands hollowed


Prayer shuts one from page












Like dim reflections
each end sigh
goes fiddle out the window
to play for ghosts


Don’t worry you don’t know them


When it comes
I’ll tell


it sounds like
deathswish or hushwish


Never bell












When last to muster
some tune through
loud gales


You keep it short as I will
ask no more
this way


Exception: unseen


Please let me leave unseen

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: