Dragonfly: Any of various large insects of the order Odonata or suborder Anisoptera, having a long slender body and two pairs of narrow, net-veined wings that are usually held outstretched while the insect is at rest. Also called regionally darner, darning needle, mosquito fly, mosquito hawk, needle, skeeter hawk.
Poetry: The art or work of a poet.
Prolixity: Excessive wordiness in speech or writing; longwindedness
Friday, January 6, 2017
Complaint by James Wright
Moonlady tangled in trees.
Getting over the flu. It's an icy day in Swamplandia...rare & beautiful & magical here in the warm Deep South.
She’s gone. She was my love, my moon or more. She chased the chickens out and swept the floor, Emptied the bones and nut-shells after feasts, And smacked the kids for leaping up like beasts. Now morbid boys have grown past awkwardness; The girls let stitches out, dress after dress, To free some swinging body’s riding space And form the new child’s unimagined face. Yet, while vague nephews, spitting on their curls, Amble to pester winds and blowsy girls, What arm will sweep the room, what hand will hold New snow against the milk to keep it cold? And who will dump the garbage, feed the hogs, And pitch the chickens’ heads to hungry dogs? Not my lost hag who dumbly bore such pain: Childbirth at midnight sassafras and rain. New snow against her face and hands she bore, And now lies down, who was my moon or more.