52 Poems for 2013, 7/52: St. Valentine’s Day Demolition

Douglas Thompson continues his series of weekly poems for 2013. Read on for the author’s comments on the poem.

 

ST. VALENTINE’S DAY DEMOLITION

Mike Foreman-Valentines Demolition

 

the moth-eaten mattress
thrown through a broken window
tearing and bending and blossoming momentarily
an explosion of feathers in the dust-charged air
gesturing obscurely on the brink of eternity
before giving up its domestic associations
of writhing lovers and incontinent pensioners
living and dying or just having a reasonable time
all this thrown off like money or inhibition
then plunging and forgetting on the seven storeys down
a biographic nosedive into oblivion
the scrap-heap of mundane normality beckons
with newspaper wallpaper ordinariness
of bricks and sticks and stones or bones
an ex-mattress becomes a twisted skeleton
of wires and springs and shocks absorbed
repository for spent energies of lovers and corpses
flat battery of ardour

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Douglas Thompson is the author of Mechagnosis. You can read the poet’s musings on his poem at his blog.

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Filed in Stories on February 11, 2013