Brown to Mrs Dilke

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Brown to Mrs Dilke

Postby davpol8112 » Tue Jun 15, 2010 2:58 pm

8. Brown to Mrs Dilke

Dear lady, think –
At night – and just nineteen -
appropriate -
the solstice month of winter -
all London draped for the lost queen -
under St Stephen’s lynch that saw his parents
pass, whispering for the dead and dark,
the certain expectation having dried his eyes
he followed . . .

He told me the white rabbit Dilke shot
in your garden was dear Tom’s ghost -
but no. Dear Tom was in his stream of life
writing his mischief in unconscious fathoms
and hopes of love –

Dear lady, now we know;
she was too close and,
walls being thin
and senses delicate,
he said he could not live here;
then there was still that pull toward life,
London, the presses, theatres
and the liberal side of things.

But Troilus returned of course
unmeridianed by death and love
and with the encouragement you gave him
and the garnet that is only worn indoors
suffused himself with failures
into the living year.
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Re: Brown to Mrs Dilke

Postby Cybele » Wed Jun 16, 2010 9:47 pm

This is very touching!
I really liked the mention of the Winter Solstice -- Shortest day, darkest night.
I've thought about how ironic it was that loosing Tom was one of the things that led to that miraculous year.
Thanks very much for posting this.
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Re: Brown to Mrs Dilke

Postby steffen » Tue Jul 20, 2010 11:17 am

Thank you for this poem, davpol, which I can't resist going back to again and again. I have put off posting a reply for all these weeks due to the fact that your poem moves me so deeply that I hesitate to comment on it in any depth for fear of somehow tainting its purity, its unpretentious simplicity. It leaves me speechless. Hopefully you will submit more of your work.
But I can't avoid pointing out your unforgettable last stanza with its telling allusion to the tragic passion of the Trojan hero Troilus, by some accounts the son of Apollo and killed by Achilles prior to the events of the Trojan War, portrayed as the embodiment of an innocent young lover betrayed by a fickle girl who abandoned him for the Greek hero Diomedes:

But Troilus returned of course
unmeridianed by death and love
and with the encouragement you gave him
and the garnet that is only worn indoors
suffused himself with failures
into the living year.
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Re: Brown to Mrs Dilke

Postby gstormcrow » Fri Feb 04, 2011 9:39 pm

A very well done poem though it's not to my tastes. I do really like the lines dispelling the belief of seeing Tom's ghost in the garden.
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