Three Short Poems on the Theme of the Pun

by Sean Haylock (February 2020)


The Tube Station, Cyril E. Power, 1932
 
 
The Fe Line

Seen from the right angle
A train has a weird carriage
Like an arched cat
Scuttling on protracted claws.
 
 
 
Recumbent Poet Follows Trail

Against the bubblegum blue of a summer sky,
A line of white dominoes falls
Or
The airconclave adjourns
With laser-guided fumata bianca
Or
A jet sprays its contrails
The way a can does whipped cream:
Wet floret upon wet floret.
Yes.
Those whitecaps, double file,
Chase themselves across a long enough plain
To let you land upon le mot juste.
 
 
 
Unlikely

I find I always want to add a third I to simile
As though, as tedious mystics insist,
Another were needed to really see
The wonders of the likeness-loaded world.
 
 

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Sean Haylock has a PhD in English from Flinders University. He lives in Adelaide with his wife and son.

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3 Feb 2020
Send an emailCarl Nelson
I especially like "Unlikely".

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