AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes

AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes
I love a sunburnt country / A land of sweeping plains / Of ragged mountain ranges / Of droughts and flooding rains / I love her far horizons / I love her jewel-sea / Her beauty and her terror / The wide brown land for me / ~ Dorothea Mackellar (1885-1968)


Monday, September 24, 2012

Icarus' Sister?

David Salle - Flying Down (2006)

He loved three things alone:
 White peacocks, evensong,
 Old maps of America.

 He hated children crying,
 And raspberry jam with his tea,
 And womanish hysteria. ...

And he married me

Anna Akhmatova (1889 - 1966).

She loved four things alone
Candlelight, classical realms
Ambient music and feathered wings

She hated my thrill of heights
And my long hours
And drunken spirits

And she left me...

Linking to:
Magpie Tales #136
Poets United - Poetry Pantry


Brian Miller said...

long hours and drunken spirits will def do you in...

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Witty response! awesome!

Unknown said...

Fabulous response piece, but so very sad.

Berowne said...

A truly creative response to the prompt...

Tess Kincaid said...

Lovely tribute to Anna...nicely done...

Helen said...

Your sevenling is amazing ....

Aisling Literary Services said...

Nice twist - and Anna Akhmatova was a master poet! Love(d) her work.

EG CameraGirl said...

You are so incredibly clever, Gemma! LOVE it!!

Laurie Kolp said...

Clever, love these!

PattiKen said...

Very good. I love the contrasts, and the (inevitable?) ending.

hyperCRYPTICal said...

Cleverly done!

Anna :o]



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