Now this poem I actually really like! We were given different objects in class which we had to include in a poem we wrote. I can’t remember exactly what these objects were but reading the poem again I think it was a guitar tab, a USB memory, matches, chopsticks and a gnome. The result is this poem!
I Married a Horse on Christmas
When segments of frozen water dance outside the window,
Children leech upon their parents savings and still ask for more.
To gain some hope, we light a candle,
With forgotten matches found on the table.
They came from the restaurant of love, where I once met my dove.
As the chopsticks threw my food on the floor I saw a pair of legs,
Fit as they were, and man as I am, I tried to see some more.
I bent down and notices a disfigured and tiny man,
Who jumped from her purse as she turned and walked away.
I picked him up and stroked the woman’s shoulder,
A touch which turned into a conversation filled with lust,
She lent me her bracelet as proof we would meet again.
Now we’re bound by God and the divine,
Which in reality is her lawyer with a fine.
Now I’ll use the power of the USB to see what it can do for me,
As I grab my guitar tab and create new songs;
Tonight I want to capture her body and heart,
Because the little ones are about to depart.
To explain the poem for the slightly illiterate: It’s a poem about a man lighting matches on Christmas, thinking back on the day he first met his wife. As he thinks back he uses a USB device (a microphone but it is not said in the poem) to record songs for his wife because their children are about to leave for collage.
It is a very surreal poem, with a tiny gnome being the factor brining the man together with his future wife, which is reflected in the title (which I actually made up really quickly as I posted it here since I realized the poem didn’t have one). It is also, in a sense, surreal because of the random element given to it be the forced inclusion of certain said objects. I remember my poetry teacher (Luke Kennard) really enjoying this poem and I can see why.
In other new – I found a Dell charger which is kind of compatible with my laptop so I used it to copy all my work from the first year of University onto a USB. Expect more crap to come!
– F H Hakansson