Sunday, February 08, 2015

A Poem for Valentine's Day

This poem, "Romantic Moment," is from Tony Hoagland's collection, Incorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty.

I had the opportunity to sit in on a Q&A when Tony visited UNT a few years back, and I found him to be clever, irreverent, and charming, much in the way his poetry is. Hearing him speak and read his own poetry was one of those instances where the presence of the artist enhances the art, which sadly is not always the case.

This week, as you either embrace or avoid the juggernaut that is Valentine's Day, I hope you take a moment to enjoy this poem, and perhaps share it with a loved one.

"Romantic Moment" by Tony Hoagland

After seeing the nature documentary we walked down Canyon road,
onto the plaza of art galleries and high end clothing stores

where the orange trees are fragrant in the summer night
and the smooth adobe walls glow fleshlike in the dark.

It is just our second date and we sit down on a bench,
Holding hands not looking at each other,

and if I were bull penguin right now I would lean over
and vomit softly into the mouth of my beloved

and if I were a peacock I'd flex my gluteal muscles to
erect and spread the quills of my Cinemax tail.

If she were a female walkingstick bug she might
insert her hypodermic proboscis delicately into my neck

and inject me with a rick hormonal sedative
before attaching her egg sack to my thoracic undercarriage,

and if I were a young chimpanzee I would break off a nearby tree limb
and smash all the windows in the plaza jewelry stores.

And if she was a Brazilian leopard frog she would wrap her impressive
tongue three times around my right thigh and

pummel me lightly against the surface of our pond
and I would know her feelings were sincere.

Instead, we sit awhile in silence, until
she remarks that in the relative context of tortoises and iguanas,

human males seem to be actually rather expressive.
And I say that female crocodiles really don't receive

enough credit for their gentleness.
Then she suggests that it is time for us to go

do something personal, hidden, and human.


Happy Valentine's Day. I hope we all find time to go do something personal, hidden, and human this week. Any plans for V-Day? Do share!

3 Comments:

Blogger Charles Gramlich said...

quite love that

6:01 AM  
Blogger kimmib said...

Smiling!

11:50 AM  
Blogger Britta Coleman said...

I quite love it too, Charles. Love the details and the quirks.

Happy Valentine's Day, kimmib. Thanks for stopping by!

11:38 AM  

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