Sunday, March 05, 2006
The subway poems : I have spent the sun
I have spent the sun
wisely, seeking nothing in particular
among treasures in an antique barn.
And yet, I am sure I would have
found her among the trinkets glistening
in the sun, that I am
And if I had her, I too
would trade her in for gold
in an old man's bag.
I would barter my dull redemption for a
chance to paint a Caravaggio on a chalk-stained
I have spent the sun wisely
hunting for polished words
among the craggy shelves of an antique
bookstore. Then, I brankrupt
the night, selling love
in a box of chocolates, in black-out bars
and chrome cars to some Mary whore
with angry tears who stumbles through
midnight's door, into the arms of her young
messiah on Hemingford Road.
I have spent the sun wisely,
stumbling down the wet lanes of
our this our new Jerusalem, to the place
where I lost her
and although she will never return,
I have resurrected her on this,
the third day and I will find her
again, among the morning merchants
spending the sun so, wisely.
Richard Emblin. Islington, London 1989.