Click here to listen to Lynn Emanuel read this poem. Like that time in Paris in the 15th & here & naked on mon balcon in full view of my landlady
on her fleurs blooming in a jardiniere
I’m answering nature’s call
& can’t remember why
when just below me is the WC
I’m not going down there
even though the greves &
half of Paris are looking—
I mean I was guilty
of everything already
but every time I remember
trying to remember
Why or Why not
was or was not the WC
out of bounds, I feel
my mind refuse me
& I have come to think
of this refusal as poetic.
I am oggled
despite the fact that I long to be
explained, to be clear, to be
my poems lacquered with a gloss of adjectives
until they beam like meringues.
In the boxes of these quatrains
like a prehistoric bee
an Ur-bee in a block of amber
sealed in this scene of my degradation
I can’t recall what made me do it
though I return & return to the hive of it
this image, with me on its eternal,
absent-minded agenda. Very Rilke.
Bee of the invisible world,
gathering the honey of the visible.