Thursday, September 27, 2012

Cento For Cupid's Darts

painting by guillaume seignac

Cento For Cupid’s Darts

"And yet to say the truth,
reason and love keep
little company together nowadays."
---William Shakespeare

I breathe deep, taking my shoes off,
shivering as I feel the lawn’s tongue
green & dewy on my feet.

From what I’ve tasted of desire,
I hold with those who favor fire.

Let us go and make our visit in the room
where women come and go
talking of Michelangelo.

Angelheaded hipsters burning for
the heavenly connection
to the starry dynamo
in the machinery of the night.

I love you as certain dark things
need to be loved, in secret,
between the shadow and the soul.

You boys can keep your virgins--
give me hot old women in high heels
with asses that forgot to get old.

“Does my sexiness come as surprise--
that I dance like I’ve got diamonds
at the meeting of my thighs?”

I charge you that you make preparations
to be worthy to meet me, and I charge you
that you be patient and perfect
until I come.

Hoorah for the large men who lie
between the breasts of bestial Marj.

Just to wake up, look across the expanse
of our pillows and know today,
I will marry once more.

Sweet, there is nothing left to say
but this, that love is never lost--
ships tempest-tossed
will find harbor in some bay,
and so we may.

Glenn Buttkus

September 2012


Stanza 1:  Claudia Schoenfeld from PER FUMUM--THROUGH THE SMOKE.
Stanza 2:  Robert Frost from FIRE & ICE.
Stanza 4:  Allen Ginsberg from HOWL.
Stanza 5:  Pablo Neruda from LOVE SONNET VII
Stanza 6:  Charles Bukowski from LOVE IS A DOG FROM HELL
Stanza 7:  Maya Angelou from STILL I RISE.
Stanza 8:  Walt Whitman from TO A COMMON PROSTITUTE.
Stanza 9:  E.E. Cummings from BETWEEN THE BREASTS
Stanza 10: Brian Miller from POPPING SILK & OTHER COMPLEXITIES
Stanza 11: Oscar Wilde from HER VOICE

Posted over at dVerse Poets FFA

Would you like for me to read this Cento?


Brian Miller said...

haha i am honored to be the 'i love you as certain dark things..' stanza and you wove this together really well...i picked out claudias pretty quick...ha....wonderfully done sir...

Sue Judd said...

Great write, everything integrated well, I really enjoyed the read...

Anonymous said...

Bukowski and Angelou, what great partners...

Laurie Kolp said...

What a compilation... and including two of our finest Claudia and Brian. Love your cento!

marousia said...

Cool - enjoyed reading this

Beachanny said...

So much as familiar as breathing to me in this collection and yet together it becomes surprisingly new, fresh, eloquent, and totally engaging. Charming, too, to end with the divine Oscar Wilde! I loved it!!

Semaphore said...

Cool, you started out the cento with an epigraph, which itself is a quotation from another poet! A beautiful flow here, a collage of images and thoughts about longing and love.

S.E.Ingraham said...

Oh, I have to say, as soon as my eyes landed on Angelou's "diamonds on my thighs" quote, I knew I was going to love this and love it I do ... what a superb range of poets and lines and they fit together as if they were written that way ...very,very cool (a rare ability, I think to be able to combine relative newcomers with seasoned poets and have it come off so well - kudos)

Anna Montgomery said...

This is a wonderful concatenation, I especially enjoyed the Neruda and that you included Claudia and Brian.

Anonymous said...

Just terrific, Glenn! Really really well done - so many great lines and so well put together. A lot of fun. k.

Claudia said...

ha..good stuff glenn..really like what you've done with this..and be included in such a list of wonderful poets...really, really honored...thank you sir..

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