Three Ghazals

by Jeffrey Burghauser (May 2020)



Reclining Man with Sculpture, Lucian Freud, 1960-61
 
 
[1]
 
 
As the moon explains it bright across the flesh,
Tired tribes of feeling fight across the flesh.
 
My severe attention is the half-opaque
Shadow of a dragon-kite across the flesh.
 
Even things so soft as early linen gowns
Chafe like powdered dolomite across the flesh.
 
Open casement. Dogwood shadows on the sill.
Cooling perspiration’s tight across the flesh.
 
Read your verses, Poet. Salty gooseflesh and
Blushes are the way we write across the flesh.
 
 
 
[2]
 
 
Come and see how this risqué propriety
Poised upon the Jacobean sward be praised.
 
Poets lounging in the gothic colonnade
Model how a careful, sultry Lord be praised.
 
 
 
[3]
 
 
Hair unpinned, the girl withdrew to be adored.
Be the only way you knew to be: adored.
 
Your petitioners, however desperate,
Thought you too extremely true to be adored.
 
You must be the mellow, Istrian façade
Heaven’s fluent fingers hue to be adored.
 
Poet, here’s the fissure in the masonry
Through which lesser songbirds flew to be adored.
 
 
 
 
 

__________________________________
Jeffrey Burghauser is a teacher in Columbus, OH. He was educated at SUNY-Buffalo and the University of Leeds. He currently studies the five-string banjo with a focus on pre-WWII picking styles. A former artist-in-residence at the Arad Arts Project (Israel), his poems have appeared (or are forthcoming) in Appalachian Journal, Fearsome Critters, Iceview, Lehrhaus, and New English Review. Jeffrey's book-length collections are available on Amazon, and his website is www.jeffreyburghauser.com.

Follow NER on Twitter @NERIconoclast
Comments
No comments yet.

Order on Amazon.or Amazon UK.


Order from Amazon or Amazon UK today!


Order from Amazon or Amazon.UK today!

Audiobook here.


Amazon donates to World Encounter Institute Inc when you shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/56-2572448. #AmazonSmile #StartWithaSmile

Subscribe

Categories

Adam Selene (2) A.J. Caschetta (7) Ahnaf Kalam (2) Alexander Murinson (1) Andrew Harrod (4) Bat Ye'or (6) Bradley Betters (1) Brex I Teer (9) Brian of London (32) Christina McIntosh (864) Christopher DeGroot (2) Conrad Black (542) Daniel Mallock (5) David P. Gontar (7) David Solway (78) David Wemyss (1) Dexter Van Zile (74) Dr. Michael Welner (3) E. B Samuel (1) Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff (1) Emmet Scott (1) Eric Rozenman (4) Esmerelda Weatherwax (9608) Fergus Downie (8) Fred Leder (1) Friedrich Hansen (7) G. Murphy Donovan (66) Gary Fouse (148) Geert Wilders (13) Geoffrey Botkin (1) Geoffrey Clarfield (330) Hannah Rubenstein (3) Hossein Khorram (2) Howard Rotberg (7) Hugh Fitzgerald (21060) Ibn Warraq (10) Ilana Freedman (2) James Como (23) James Robbins (1) James Stevens Curl (2) Janice Fiamengo (1) Jerry Gordon (2509) Jerry Gordon and Lt. Gen. Abakar M. Abdallah (1) Jesse Sandoval (1) John Constantine (122) John Hajjar (5) John M. Joyce (391) John Rossomando (1) Jonathan Ferguson (1) Jonathan Hausman (4) Joseph S. Spoerl (10) Kenneth Francis (2) Kenneth Lasson (1) Kenneth Timmerman (25) Lorna Salzman (9) Louis Rene Beres (37) Marc Epstein (8) Mark Anthony Signorelli (11) Mark Durie (7) Mark Zaslav (1) Mary Jackson (5066) Matthew Hausman (42) Michael Curtis (631) Michael Rechtenwald (15) Mordechai Nisan (2) Moshe Dann (1) NER (2591) New English Review Press (76) Nidra Poller (73) Nikos A. Salingaros (1) Nonie Darwish (10) Norman Berdichevsky (86) Paul Oakley (1) Paul Weston (5) Paula Boddington (1) Peter McGregor (1) Peter McLoughlin (1) Philip Blake (1) Phyllis Chesler (116) Rebecca Bynum (7188) Richard Butrick (24) Richard Kostelanetz (16) Richard L. Benkin (21) Richard L. Cravatts (7) Richard L. Rubenstein (44) Robert Harris (85) Sally Ross (36) Sam Bluefarb (1) Sha’i ben-Tekoa (1) Springtime for Snowflakes (4) Stacey McKenna (1) Stephen Schecter (1) Steve Hecht (25) Ted Belman (8) The Law (90) Theodore Dalrymple (871) Thomas J. Scheff (6) Thomas Ország-Land (3) Tom Harb (4) Tyler Curtis (1) Walid Phares (30) Winfield Myers (1) z - all below inactive (7) z - Ares Demertzis (2) z - Andrew Bostom (74) z - Andy McCarthy (536) z - Artemis Gordon Glidden (881) z - DL Adams (21) z - John Derbyshire (1013) z - Marisol Seibold (26) z - Mark Butterworth (49) z- Robert Bove (1189) zz - Ali Sina (2)
clear
Site Archive