Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Paper wrestling, a poem by Claire Beynon

PAPER WRESTLING by Claire Beynon

Pretend you're breaking in a horse
    don't be intimidated
let the paper know who's boss
    acknowledge its memory
encourage it to relax
    if necessary, walk on stockinged feet
tune into its voice
    don't mind its splutters and coughs
treat its fibres with respect
    rein it in, but not too much
    recognize the fact that it's breathing, too
place your wine on a bookcase
    kneel down in anticipation
caress its surfaces
    ask it what secrets it knows
    look at it against the light
take it to the trough
    have an old towel handy
make sure the water's not too cold
    you don't want any shocks
see that it's not too hot either
    lest your best intentions come undone
keep in mind green tea left too long
    lazily served in a wide-brimmed cup
wait for the sign that indicates it's time
    take the plunge and lunge
move fast or the paper will think
    it can get the better of you
handle it firmly, addressing it
    in low and patient tones
trust that with time and persistence
    it will succumb, may even let you in.

From: "Open book: poetry & images" by Claire Beynon
© Claire Beynon, 2007, Steele Roberts Publishers, Wellington NZ
ISBN 978-1-877448-15-7

1 comment:

Amelia said...

I love the way this is written - intriguing and thought provoking too :)