Artwork by Jane Burn
LOVE IN THE TIME OF CORELDRAW
Once I would have laid a rosebud at your feet,
sent a scented missive in an envelope delivered
by a go-between; stood beneath your window
in a blizzard of snowdrops, hoping for a glimpse
of your shadow in the moonlight.
But times have altered the language of the heart.
The lexicon of longing is no longer written longhand,
with soaring serifs scribed in ink on beds of vellum,
but by illuminated texts on Ericssons and Vodafones,
and new-millennium lovers go Blackberry picking
down lanes of pay-and-go, past Oranges and Apple phones.
Once keystrokes onto paper kept the rhythm of romance:
ribbons bled red streams of yearning, or keys rapped
out the stuttering sentiments of nervous suitors onto
scented sheets of lavender, which they sent, post-haste
to beloveds in lanes and streets and avenues.
These days my words to you are more mobile
and predictable: more to the pointer, more pithy,
more reducible, and so, my love, I offer you these tokens
on my part―my dingbats, my emoticons, my clip-art heart.
HOW IT WILL BE
You will think of her
less and less, although
you’ll think no less of her.
These thoughts, though few,
remain the strongest: what you lose
stays with you longest.
PUSHING UP DAISIES
The Librarian went Dewey-eyed
at the merest mention of verse.
But, sadly, she duly died
from the old anthology curse.
The ladder-slip, the top shelf gasp,
one hand held The Time Traveler’s Wife,
the other one just failed to grasp
101 Poems That Could Save Your Life.
I’ve never had casual sex.
No – it’s always been frantic―
in the pantry, in the kitchen,
up in the attic.
But frankly, those antics had to stop
when I reached 60. Nothing nifty
or athletically nimble fitted the bill.
The new drill involved a bucket
of pills, creams, an ocean of lotion
just to get a semblance of motion.
Then I discovered the art of Tantra:
that long-sought-after calmer sutra.
Two weeks to prepare for a kiss?
These poems are from the collections Why She Flew to Barcelona, Calder Wood Press,
and What They Say About You, Leamington Books.