Poetry

 

Pachydermic Grammar

by Timea Deinhardt

There’s a prickle for hedgehogs, a kettle for hawks
Some collective for whatever swims, flies or walks
whether it bellows or gobbles or squawks
but what of the wonderful elephant ?

A gaggle of geese, a brace of wild bucks,
a covey of grouse, a flush of brown ducks,
a parcel of hogs! an army of frogs!
but just a parade for my elephants?

Want a word (besides herd) some more glorious term
for my true all-time favorite, beloved pachyderm
I mean, after all guys, he isn’t some worm.
Need a fitting collective for elephants.

When I see them so close, with their trunks to the ground,
straight and stalwart together, the best I have found
not a swarm – that’s for eels, and a harem’s for seals. . .
Yes ! It’s rather A FOREST of elephants !



Timea Deinhardt’s work has appeared here in EA News, in The Bombay Review (anthology), online magazines such as Literary Heist, Fip, TheParkBenchReview and Poets Online. She can be found almost daily here and here.



 

DIGITALIS…

by Timea Deinhardt

…a stalk of mauve cups splattered
with raspberry drool, and from the
dappled petals pours a paradox –
cure… or lethal poison.

and so with words – the secateurs
that cut through barbed wire
or the bricks that build
real and imagined blockhouses…

and then there’s poetry –
perhaps the divine dosage –
the healing power of language
where words in the wind at your back
usher you to that moment
where you can no longer hate anything
where you have reached the recognition
that it – or he or she – is part of you.



Timea Deinhardt’s work has appeared here in EA News, in The Bombay Review (anthology), online magazines such as Literary Heist, Fip, TheParkBenchReview and Poets Online. She can be found almost daily here and here.



 

FREEING THE NIGHT MOTH

by Timea Deinhardt

I had captured him –
after our intermittent
entertainments around
desk lamp and laptop –
captured him on the wall
in what I imagine
is the the usual fashion –
a bottle over, a postcard
slipped beneath his feet gently
gently until he understood
he must stand on it.
He slept, peacefully – or at least
quietly – overnight on a table –
a jewel in a jam jar.

This morning, slipperless
[feeling all of eight or nine]
I went to open the terrace door
before approaching my guest
[who was indeed deeply asleep]
and I found myself wondering –
for no apparent reason –
how many similar scenarios
there had been over the decades…

He clung to the postcard at first
and then to the jar – as if
he prefered not to go
[perhaps the air temperature
change had shocked him]
but he did finally flit to the
honeysuckle by the door

…and there I watched him
a long moment, joyous
at this infinitesimal gain
tearful that I could not simply
slip a postcard under all the
tender brown feet bottled up
and held captive and set them free.



Timea Deinhardt’s work has appeared here in EA News, in The Bombay Review (anthology), online magazines such as Literary Heist, Fip, TheParkBenchReview and Poets Online. She can be found almost daily here and here.



 

IF NOT, NOW WHEN?

by Timea Deinhardt

A century ago in France, though it seems like two,
Sunday men in shirtsleeves were havin’ a brew.
Their wives were all on the other side of the square –
in the pews, believing some god was there

One fella [usually quiet] down the end of the bar
said he didn’t see why their wives had to look so far
when they all could have their heaven on earth today
if each looked after his neighbour in a meaningful way

Instead of plans for it later in some other life
when somehow – by magic – there’s an end to all human strife
since why would that heaven be in any less disarray
if the people who plan to go there can’t hack it today !

And the others agreed the guy made alotta sense
and they vowed to help each other from that day hence
and they did ! until each mortgage was secretly sold
to some loonies who only used gold to get more gold !

Now it don’t matter a jot if all this is true
what matters is what we do now – cause we’re all in this stew
you know it, I know it – everyone knows what’s wrong
so how long is it gonna take, folks, tell me, how long ?

.

.



Timea Deinhardt’s work has appeared here in EA News, in The Bombay Review (anthology), online magazines such as Literary Heist, Fip, TheParkBenchReview and Poets Online. She can be found almost daily here and here.



 

The Goat Diptych

by Timea Deinhardt

 

I AM THE GOAT

Tonight in firelight,
in skins and ropes of bells,
I am the mountain goat:
sworn to suck and swallow
the moon’s damp halo
and all her secrets.
Coat my bones and parchment flesh
with oil of nettles – I am the ram
who, tomorrow, from the craggy bluff,
will scan and decipher dawn before any man.

.

THE GOAT’S NINE NETTLES

Oil of nettles
oil of nettles –
not for any
industrial kettles.

First, must find
the bank of a stream
where marigolds dance
and white rabbits dream,

And then, to gather
the proper batch,
never two stems
from the same small patch,
But follow the stream
wherever it leads,
’round the lush spinney,
down through the tall weeds,

For at least nine species
must be brought to a boil
to distill the real thing:
The Goat’s Nettle Oil.

It will take a whole day –
quite possibly more –
still, you’ll never find
“Goat’s” on a shelf in a store.

 



Timea Deinhardt’s work has appeared here in EA News, in The Bombay Review (anthology), online magazines such as Literary Heist, Fip, TheParkBenchReview and Poets Online. She can be found almost daily here and here.



 

June By The Sea

by Timea Deinhardt

 

Weather one waits for, wishes for 
[the weather of weekends as we dream them] 

the sun in loving gentle mode
warming what’s exposed
searing nothing; 
the breeze feather-light
almost cool – but not quite.

 

There is an aeolian tango
people along the shore know well –
a twisting of breezes
warm and cool together
not in succession, no
chasing inside each other. 
I have never known this

to happen inland, never 

experienced such intricate plays

of temperature – this morning
the weather in its perfection 
seemed a giant aquafer

to irrigate the spirit

of coast-dwellers

even after the gentle sun
had forged its August
branding irons
or been exiled to
cavernous November.

 



Timea Deinhardt’s work has appeared here in EA News, in The Bombay Review (anthology), online magazines such as Literary Heist, Fip, TheParkBenchReview and Poets Online. She can be found almost daily here and here.



 

LET FRACTALS FALL WHERE THEY MAY

by Timea Deinhardt

 

“O world I cannot hold thee…”
and simply to behold thee
drives my senses to a fever –
sends me reeling
and yes, I do feel blessed
thus would I describe feeling
so exceptionally fortunate receiving
such unalloyed delights –
though
mind unstrained
I do remain
staunchly unbelieving.

No language of letters and markings
could even hope to explain –
which is perhaps why
the truly devout try to refrain
from any parsing of the sky.

So scotch the fervent syllables, please
I need no further miracles
than these:
soft petals of a butterfly
bright wings of scarlet anthurium
ah…the dancing humming bees

I fill my lungs to affirm
each is in all and all in each –
perfume in a lover’s kiss, blood in an overripe peach
and the tang of May’s sea breeze
sufficient to this day’s delirium.

.



Timea Deinhardt’s work has appeared here in EA News, in The Bombay Review (anthology), online magazines such as Literary Heist, Fip, TheParkBenchReview and Poets Online. She can be found almost daily here and here.



 

To Put One’s Mind At Ease

by Timea Deinhardt

 

. . .the expert knows
that wisdom grows on trees
but one cannot convey
such expertise – however much
he might so be disposed
[to share, to care,] and hence
on no side of the fence
he waffles in the breeze
his lecture is a sneeze
[at least he won’t charges fees.]

The finest lover too is hardly ever…
I mean he never sounds
like someone you’ve heard;
those who truly love, sense
they’ve hardly tapped the vein
[the mother lode of Love] will
never so much as skirt the limit
of what the heart is capable of;
true lovers would never pretend
as they know love’s lessons
will never reach The End. 



Timea Deinhardt’s work has appeared here in EA News, in The Bombay Review (anthology), online magazines such as Literary Heist, Fip, TheParkBenchReview and Poets Online. She can be found almost daily here and here.



 

Homage to John Muir

by Timea Deinhardt

 

These sombre fingers of the earth’s dark hands –
indices – sometimes a pinkie, too –
rise, majestic, from once-blessèd lands
and point the way to celestial blue.
These Ash or Aspen, Maple, Pine and Beech;
these Oak, Sequoia, Redwood Lime or Birch:
I do believe in them – and prize their speech –
and see their trunks as pillars of one church.
So delicate their leaves in golds and green
applauding hymns to skylarks, softly gloved.
Palms cup my skull as I admire the scene
and dream this helpless planet is still loved –
    although I fear the worst for all my trees
    as none save modern men will hear my pleas.

 



Timea Deinhardt’s work has appeared here in EA News, in The Bombay Review (anthology), online magazines such as Literary Heist, Fip, TheParkBenchReview and Poets Online. She can be found almost daily here and here.



MORE THAN MERE METAPHOR IS APRIL

by Timea Deinhardt

 

More than mere metaphor is April –
springing into life like Athena 
with spear and helmet – more
than allegory of earthly renascence
confirming resurrection – Spring –
[I hear it in the breeze,
see it today through blue haze]
I’ve made the connection – perhaps
because I must now admit that these
are my wilted salad days. . .

 

Spring is about youth, NOT
the trauma of birth but the joy
of, say, a picture book – the right size
to balance on one’s knees that last year

before school vacuumed you out

of your home and into the truly
made-up world of regimented
big people

 

Birth is too big a word for April –

too charged, too heavy, so inevitably

linked as it is with Death. . .

 

No, April is a big picture book –
with crisp pages and paintbox colours –

and you’re happy when a ladybug
pays no attention to your concentration
on its printed reds and black

and you hope she makes it home alright –
you hope she makes it back

 



Timea Deinhardt’s work has appeared here in EA News, in The Bombay Review (anthology), online magazines such as Literary Heist, Fip, TheParkBenchReview and Poets Online. She can be found almost daily here and here.



 

A FUNDAMENTAL SPRING THING

by Timea Deinhardt

 
Were he to leap the fence
butterfly net in hand
I would rise to kiss the cheek
of the fellow who invented
the garden chaise lounge.

Other than that though
I’m staying put –
for this thing
does everything I want
and I thought nothing in this life
would ever do that.

I can sit like an Egyptian queen
regal as a cat – the high back
so suggestive of a throne
or put my feet out
like a tot whose knees
aren’t yet in the right place
for the seat’s edge.
 
I can tilt back too
to count the pigeons
mucking up the roofledge
stamping leaves down the flue.

I can tilt back even further
and snooze
should I so choose
for a lounge chair
is a great device
to trip up time
as it tries
to run out

.

 



Timea Deinhardt’s work has appeared here in EA News, in The Bombay Review (anthology), online magazines such as Literary Heist, Fip, TheParkBenchReview and Poets Online. She can be found almost daily here and here.



 

Water – A Triptych 

by Timea Deinhardt

 

I

 

Is it because I know within –
that deep, deep down in my cells I know
that every bone in my body knows –
we were all of us
born of water?

 

The saline ocean
still runs in the blood…
and I have always loved the water
all of it
everywhere

 

I am ashamed to say I have wasted so much
letting it run from taps and fawcets
to gush in the sink
because the songs that it sang
like ancient lullabyes
calmed me

 

II

 

Was it a secret memory locked in my genes ?
I gave up living in Rome to be near the sea…

Here there is no river at all,
just an underground stream…
I found its source one day quite by chance,
I saw a swan there and asked her
did you come to this place
by accident too?

 

III

 

All rivers in my mind
are Smetana’s symphonic Moldau
traced from icy gurglings in the mountains
to a thunderous arrival at the sea.

 

Rivers and rain…
dancing in the April showers

in the rain that dances
on city streets all over the world…
in fountains, out of fire hydrants…

 

Yes, I love the majesty of the sun
I love the gravity of the earth…
But oh the water…
of my three great loves
water is the only one
that really knows how to laugh

 



Timea Deinhardt’s work has appeared here in EA News, in The Bombay Review (anthology), online magazines such as Literary Heist, Fip, TheParkBenchReview and Poets Online. She can be found almost daily here and here.



APRIL

by Timea Deinhardt

Man’s ego – vain illusion – dies in death
And it is mostly fear that prompts our grief.  
A mask is shed, but Life is ever breath –
Goes on and on….and in this truth: relief.
The purpose of each life is not to save –
Much better time be spent in pleasures shared.
The gift of Life’s exhausted by the brave
And truly lived have those who truly dared
To give and give again without account,
No ledger listing nonsense “owed” or “due”
For Great is not a matter of amount –
Each spring returns such joy in scents and hue!
The meaning of my very own “amen” –
That April never ends but comes again



Timea Deinhardt’s work has appeared here in EA News, in The Bombay Review (anthology), online magazines such as Literary Heist, Fip, TheParkBenchReview and Poets Online. She can be found almost daily here and here.



TWO VIGNETTES (MARCH)

by Timea Deinhardt

                i

           vesperal

In early spring, between five and six
my house hinders a setting sun
as it licks my favourite tree

I love to watch grey shadow
climb the white birch bark
like mercury in a thermometer.
although – as with a fever –
its rise heralds the dark

             ii

I take as a good omen

like a fat hapless fly
in an abandoned web
one chubby little cloud
seems caught
in the spindly branches
of a wintering tree
I look away a second
and when I look back
I gasp with delight –
it’s free!



Timea Deinhardt’s work has appeared here in EA News, in The Bombay Review (anthology), Fip (online) magazine as well as in Poets Online and elsewhere. She can be found on Tumblr and WordPress.



[Now it would be a lie]

by Timea Deinhardt

Now it would be a lie
to say that I will greet
The Reaper some day soon
like my lost bosom friend,
that there’s a chance I might
be downright cheerful
at the end…BUT BUT BUT
I don’t think I will rage –
rage or cry or even wimper,
for long ago I came to see
that what is Light
is also me – quite really me !
and so I know the Light
can never die. Both sound
and light are pure vibration
and that underpinning hum
is the sum of creation –
the rest is sheer illusion:
what was distinct, returns
to fusion …& I may smile to think
that perhaps you’ll see me
in the sunlight by and by.

.
.



Timea Deinhardt’s work has appeared here in EA News, in The Bombay Review (anthology), Fip (online) magazine as well as in Poets Online and elsewhere. She can be found on Tumblr and WordPress.



WISH WE WERE ALL GOIN’ TO THE DOGS

by Timea Deinhardt

Was watching strangers wave to strangers
the other day – from pier to channel ferry
and from the boat to those on land –
exchanging a kind of non-commital merriness,
simple fellow feeling – nothing grand
or grandiose, just, well, the opposite
of morose.

Dogs do the same with more panache –
not to mention courage – and not
just on weekends – every day
when they wag their tails – as if to say
Hi, you look OK to me. I wouldn’t mind
saying hello…if it’s alright with you.

If only we humans could override
what we mostly keep bottled up inside.
That’s why I keep watching the dogs –
just to see how it’s done – sose I can
put it in a book and call it Friendliness 101.

Over time I’ve learned many things

from my many dogs…cats too,

but puss always swore me to secrecy –
which is the kind of thing that cats do.



Timea Deinhardt’s work has appeared here in EA News, in The Bombay Review (anthology), Fip (online) magazine as well as in Poets Online and elsewhere. She can be found on Tumblr and WordPress.



TREE OF LIFE

by Timea Deinhardt

I find no wild obscurities
in rain or grass or budding trees
I find quite other : proclamation –
manifest sweet declaration
heartwarmingly redundant
LIFE : epitomizing the abundant
ever-evolving and renewing
passionately dispassionate
fervently indifferent
or else, alas, belligerent

LIFE that is the self within
under the dimpled shell
the peanut’s maroon skin
and then the golden bean
of nourishment. I am witness –
I have seen – and mystery –
if such there be –
is whole and of a piece –
the trunk, the branch
the leaves, the bark
the tree



Timea Deinhardt’s work has appeared here in EA News, in The Bombay Review (anthology), Fip (online) magazine as well as in Poets Online and elsewhere. She can be found on Tumblr and WordPress.



Drones

by Timea Deinhardt

They bombed two women in a wagon –
two unarmed young women
in a mule-drawn cart
used mostly for hauling hay.

They bombed the kid’s house too –
soon as he got home yesterday –
the women’s lookout, scout.
Blew the house and five people away.
Bombed them all to keep the family
from escaping in an armoured truck
some soldier had left behind nearby.

Abscond. Collateral. Strategic.
Asymetric. Warfare.

The villagers were starving anyway.
The vultures will have easy pickings.
.



Timea Deinhardt’s work has appeared here in EA News, in The Bombay Review (anthology), Fip (online) magazine as well as in Poets Online and elsewhere. She can be found on Tumblr and WordPress.



INTERPLAY

by Timea Deinhardt

private passions –
some aspect of providence –
or just naked economics –
where lies the axis
of history ?
do we make a difference
or are we only made different
by fates and forces beyond
the control of
ordinary men ?

I think [in the end]
one will have to see
that there is no one answer –
that all three are at play
in a very complex way

history shapes
both the individual man
and, collectively, men –
for better or worse –
and now and then
a man shapes history
.
.
Note: Alexander The Great to Alexander Hamilton,
via Henry VIII…utterly random sample; and the jury
is still out. It wouldn’t surprise me if real history
came to the conclusion that Woodrow Wilson was,
perversely, the man most responsible for the last century!

.



Timea Deinhardt’s work has appeared here in EA News, in The Bombay Review (anthology), Fip (online) magazine as well as in Poets Online and elsewhere. She can be found on Tumblr and WordPress.



A Golden Silence

by Timea Deinhardt

A circle of their chairs is what they make
Around a table, with perhaps some books.
Nothing artifical there – or fake.
How peaceful and inviting this spot looks –
It could be anywhere, in any room
A basement even, if no other’s free.
A standing lamp’s enough to ward off gloom.
What matter’s most is staunch simplicity.
The people sit whatever way they choose –
A few so straight they make me think of zen.
Eyes closed or open, they all seem to muse
On all that still remains beyond our ken
    But I suspect a love of god runs riot
    Deep within that perfect Quaker quiet.

.

.



Timea Deinhardt’s work has appeared here in EA News, in The Bombay Review (anthology), Fip (online) magazine as well as in Poets Online and elsewhere. She can be found on Tumblr and WordPress.



[Right now. Like breaking news.]

by Timea Deinhardt

Right now. Like breaking news.
It’s breathing down
my neck of the woods.
Tree trunks tastefully sepia
against almost white sky
It’s all so artistic
I can hardly stand it –
like handling some
rare daguerreotype –
I’m seeing yellows
before they arrive
Colours are just fiction
anyway. I mean,
there is no magenta
in that band flexing out
the other side of
Newton’s prism.
The mind makes it up
the way mine
sees every cluster
of twigs, a sparrow
The way you see what the dots connect
long before you connect the dots
I see those splatters
of granny apple green
that spell
S P R I N G



Timea Deinhardt’s work has appeared here in EA News, in The Bombay Review (anthology), Fip (online) magazine as well as in Poets Online and elsewhere. She can be found on Tumblr and WordPress.



A LOPSIDED VALENTINE

by Timea Deinhardt

I love you like a greeting card,
Emoticons, a big back yard,
An apple tree drawn by a child,
Sweetbriar pungent, prickly, wild,
The memory of your mother’s cooking
Widower’s tears – when no one’s looking.
I love you even horrible, and damaged, like some cur;
I love you fragrant as blue clover, soft as beaver fur;
I love you like a summer night when all the town’s grown still,
I love you like the lonely tree that beckons on the hill.
I love you like an empty church that’s long known humble trust,
A faith that this is not the end when we have turned to dust.
I don’t believe that, never will, and yet I feel somehow
There is a heaven, sure as love; I want my heaven now.



Timea Deinhardt’s work has appeared here in EA News, in The Bombay Review (anthology), Fip (online) magazine as well as in Poets Online and elsewhere. She can be found on Tumblr and WordPress.



Love Letter to the San Peoples

by Timea Deinhardt

what am I
but a melanin-deficient San ?
a Bushman, a Boesman…

or no, I dare not
claim kinship
with Khoikhoi or Hottentot

my latter-day peoples
of the concrete walk
the electric talk
the political squawk
could not survive today
as have the San
for ten thousand years
preserving fauna
and caring for the land
and if you but scan their faces
you cannot fail to find the traces
of what were once called races –
our paler pigmentations are simply slight mutations…
for we all must know we all were born in Africa



Timea Deinhardt’s work has appeared here in EA News, in The Bombay Review (anthology), Fip (online) magazine as well as in Poets Online and elsewhere. She can be found on Tumblr and WordPress.



Pity For The Loveless

by Timea Deinhardt

I do pity them, dont you?
They irritate me no end
that too is true
but still… is there
no way to get through,
to help them see
that reciting door to door
from sun up ’til three or four
is a form of self-hypnosis?
And [as if they discovered
the texts themselves] their witless apotheoisis –
that god has written that god hears –
is message to themselves?

. . . for if the shadow
of their ego [that they refer to as GOD]
ever wrote or spoke answers as such
all would have witnessed as much!

No, they publicize to themselves
proselytize to the tune
of their own emptiness, stirring
supernatural salt
into the thin soup of their lives –
    fear of everlasting death
        claiming the lion’s share
             of their breath

But do not say I am an atheist
as that gives theo free publicity.
What I know [by way of quasi-theology]
is that something akin to Love
binds the atoms of this universe
into its myriad molecules –
   its foremost speech, the echo of wind
       its deepest vision, what lovers see
             gazing into each other’s longing



Timea Deinhardt’s work has appeared here in EA News, in The Bombay Review (anthology), Fip (online) magazine as well as in Poets Online and elsewhere. She can be found on Tumblr and WordPress.



Denise

Homage to Denise Levertov

by Timea Deinhardt

I have read the words of men who say they love women
novels, poems especially
men who read
letting a tap run and the plates lie wet
and say, sure, I’ve done that –
convinced that’s all there is to it –
joking over a beer –
yeah, that first year at university
moms not around
wives in hospital

or men who live alone

men who see women writers as strange folk
but men who write as, well, writers

men who read a line that speaks of those
that open only to another’s knock
and see only individual histories –
some timid guy they used to know –
never realizing…
the life of a fair quarter of humanity
elderly women, widows who live
in perpetual fear
vulnerable girls come to live in cities
that will strip and shred them
like ears of corn
in barely a year

when I will read a man’s heart beat –
the irrational fear that possessed him –
in a narrow lane somewhere
under a woman’s stare
then I will believe
the wind has changed

no, even some of the finest
the most sensitive of men
not even after Virginia Woolf
or Sylvia Plath or you, Denise
they still haven’t a clue

.

Notes: The so-called feminist movement simply shifted the problem, and created new ones
…if this piece seems to stop at 1970 it is because it isn’t a treatise
but a vignette based on a text by by Denise Levertov written in 1946.

Afterthought: it is ironic in a way to think that when Levertov was at The Nation
leftist and feminist were almost synonyms.

.
.


Timea Deinhardt’s work has appeared here in EA News, in The Bombay Review (anthology), Fip (online) magazine as well as in Poets Online and elsewhere. She can be found on Tumblr and WordPress.



HISTORY

(hommage à Roque Dalton)

by Timea Deinhardt

Eternal undocumented –
How long before he understands –

If there is need of proof
That school is in their hands
It is that you never understand
And should you understand
By accident or innocence
And should you perhaps see
(because you were not born blind)
They will say you do not see
Far enough – that there are
Other schools, higher deeper
Meanings until they have
Raised you just enough…
Just enough so that now
You have something to lose
By understanding exactly
What you understood
As a child.

You, eternal undocumented
You let them tell you that
Labor is capital
Work hard and you will be rich
And you believe if you work
You will pay for mother’s doctor
Son’s education, family’s food
But work never produced wealth
Pharoah feeds the slave
Sees to it he lives long enough
To produce a few more slaves.
If labor created wealth
How is it only the Pharoahs
Ever have any?
Thievery, smuggling, swindling
May produce wealth
Genius might produce wealth
If it wasn’t so often victim
Of thieves and swindlers
No, eternal undocumented
Only money produces money
School is there to hide this fact
To teach you history and economics
But economics is the illusion of
A science – it predicts what
Its owners want it to predict
Explains what they want explained
And History, as Bonaparte said
Is nothing more than
The agreed upon Lies
Open your eyes
Eternally exploited
Undocumented

 

NB: “thieves, smugglers and swindlers” and “eternal undocumented”
are found in Dalton’s Love Poem


Timea Deinhardt’s work has appeared here in EA News, in The Bombay Review (anthology), Fip (online) magazine as well as in Poets Online and elsewhere. She can be found on Tumblr and WordPress.



Pagentry of the Dark Ages

by Timea Deinhardt

thomas templar ties tight his shackles
hung on seven fuming stallions, burdock and hemlock
follow and sharp the clang of studded goblets
so carefree the buzzards fly above the fray
and frayed the legion’s fanons and the tattered
tents and vestments of the foot soldier, boot soldier,
pike soldier, rock throwers, boys with slingshots
bleeding for naught… and wondrous the cloud kings
wondrously wrought of lies and blood and promises
to tantalize, fat bursaries for orphans, and mites
for every widow, stone solemn with her sabbath light
in the tiny window. Ö mercy mercy and thrice plague
upon a race of harlots and unshaven whoremongers,
the former smeared in oxblood goosegrease the latter
drunk by noon – and never one to tell a single truth
except, perchance, by pure accident, the buffoon
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Timea Deinhardt’s work has appeared here in EA News, in The Bombay Review (anthology), Fip (online) magazine as well as in Poets Online and elsewhere. She can be found on Tumblr and WordPress.



Green Prayer

[homage to Carl Sagan]

by Timea Deinhardt

We seem to have a need to bow our head
and baptize things that aren’t understood
convince ourselves that no one’s ever dead
and that we’ll get to heaven if we’re good.
It doesn’t seem to matter that we know
the universe is way beyond our ken
we drill ourselves to buy into the show
and make believe that we are all grown men.
So pious in the temples we erect
[in essence, hiding ignorance and lies]
we take so little time to just reflect
on how each star is born – or how it dies.
This earth is ours to cherish and defend
together – or we face untimely end.



Timea Deinhardt’s work has appeared here in EA News, in The Bombay Review (anthology), Fip (online) magazine as well as in Poets Online and elsewhere. She can be found on Tumblr and WordPress.



REMINISCENCE AT SUNSET

by Timea Deinhardt

A blazing sun sets in a piercing blue sky,
kisses the clouds – making windowpanes blush
in the beachfront hotels where once she and I
stole one week each year from bustle and rush.

Posters on lampposts herald a horse fair –
That would be our first stop when the school term had ended.
We’d stay in the cheap rooms and eat only hot dogs,
have milkshakes for breakfast. [I thought this was splendid.]

Strange how this sunset. . .how memory beckons. . .
She’d pretend we were rich “Just here for the waters”
I’d screech at her accent, pleading for seconds . . .
. . . Are these the same gulls, or their sons and daughters ?

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Timea Deinhardt’s work has appeared here in EA News, in The Bombay Review (anthology), Fip (online) magazine as well as in Poets Online and elsewhere. She can be found on Tumblr and WordPress.



An Agnostic Christmas Carol

by Timea Deinhardt

No priest, nor proxy; no orthodoxy
Just a baby boy gurgling timeless joy
Ring out – Ring out – Sweet brotherhood
Teach us to strive towards all that’s good
So Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jew
Find no offense in what we do –
No fearful, global strategem
Born in a barn in Bethlehem,
But tales of love for starry nights…
I forgive Church wrongs
Keeping half her rites!



Timea Deinhardt’s work has appeared here in EA News, in The Bombay Review (anthology), Fip (online) magazine as well as in Poets Online and elsewhere. She can be found on Tumblr and WordPress.



THE ERRAND SPIRIT VISITS

by Timea Deinhardt

The errand spirit (minus the wings)
arrived in a stretch to the chirrup
of zoom and other lens clicks
expressing a desire to inspect
the rest of the town but they
wined and dined in five-star
luxury and all but pinned him
down physically saying the
new building was waiting, your
excellency – which damn near
made him lose his cool – but
he just sighed and said the
windows looked good and
admired the polished wood and
said he would deliver that which
he had come for the next day –
and so it was, and the greeters
committee and all the known
names rivalled for proximity
and – you know how it is, I
don’t need to explain – and
last in, was a guy with a jacket
way too big for his frail frame
and under it no shirt (because he
didn’t have one to his name)
and the people up front were
all embarrassed and aghast
but the errand spirit (minus the
wings) just smiled and said –
you, come on up here to the head
of the class and the rest, well
once you get up off bended
knee, try getting up off your ass.



Timea Deinhardt’s work has appeared here in EA News, in The Bombay Review (anthology), Fip (online) magazine as well as in Poets Online and elsewhere. She can be found on Tumblr and WordPress.



Towards a More Delicate Diplomacy
(For Shawn)

by Timea Deinhardt

I’m a fine one to talk
Ms Hammer & Tongs
who’s measured out her life
in fight-match gongs – ha!
But really we all must find
more oblique ways to save
our fellow fallen angels
from themselves.

You cannot go at it
straightaway or head on
for they just balk. We must
learn better ways to talk –
or maybe even not…

Films, perhaps, colorful animation
something akin to temptation –
lure them on, lure them in –
for they have been
so masterfully reformatted
they know it not, and think
the manifold multiplex lie
is truly what’s what.



Timea Deinhardt’s work has appeared here in EA News, in The Bombay Review (anthology), Fip (online) magazine as well as in Poets Online and elsewhere. She can be found on Tumblr and WordPress.



Millenial Remake:
Once Upon A Time Tomorrow

by Timea Deinhardt

They saw the date and time –
it was in every sorry excuse
for a newspaper –
but curiously it prompted them
only to buy out all discount store
green glass beakers, tumblers –
porch lanterns even –
and distribute them
among those they liked to think
might someday be real friends
and in every city
from coast to coast
at the appointed hour
they put on sweaters, jackets, shawls
turned the effing set off
lit their tiny candles
and headed not for malls – no –
to the municipal park they went
and spent the hour and a half or so
half-silently dreaming together
of the America they had lost
at the corner of 42nd Street
and The Painted Desert

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Timea Deinhardt’s work has appeared here in EA News, in The Bombay Review (anthology), Fip (online) magazine as well as in Poets Online and elsewhere. She can be found on Tumblr and WordPress.



Cry havoc…

by Timea Deinhardt

War shivers in the wings –
knows the demon springs
most deadly
on the unsuspecting
involved in their trivial
petty bickering.

Want to promote peace?
Want to save the world?
So few really want to save the world.
Most want only
to be THE ONE to save the world!

Do you really want to promote peace?
If so you must ask your neighbour
what he or she plans to do about it.
No, silly, not that neighbour –
the other one –
the one you’re not speaking to.

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Timea Deinhardt’s work has appeared here in EA News, in The Bombay Review (anthology), Fip (online) magazine as well as in Poets Online and elsewhere. She can be found on Tumblr and WordPress.



Millenial Ophelia

by Timea Deinhardt

River arms reach out – soft sinister grace.
What arms has she, world-hardened Ophelia
when beckons a somber river
and what better place
when even hope of truce
has died, what other embrace?
Petals plucked fall like snow into the rapids,
skip down to Delta – land
where Titans engage their sundry battles.
Delta sees the mighty forces mix elemental primes.
Delta’s drawn her here from nowhere –
some say tortured north –
following great river’s bend,
for when such glorious hope-dreams end,
she’d rather spin her heart into the tides
and disappear, for Ophelia knows
never another zenith can there be
for love-blind strong-willed dancers such as she.



Timea Deinhardt’s work has appeared here in EA News, in The Bombay Review (anthology), Fip (online) magazine as well as in Poets Online and elsewhere. She can be found on Tumblr and WordPress.



THE FALLS

by Timea Deinhardt

Like shoulders and hips and thighs of my sweet love,
The curves of shorelines shape the bodies of lakes.
The cormorants, gulls and loons now flying above
Dot a mirror that clouds, but happily never breaks.
And seas have walls of land that lie around them,
Are contained, circumscribable, definite, entire, whole.
While rivers – damn, just when you think you’ve found them
They’ve galloped on ahead – like a mare with her foal.
And a waterfall ? Well there really is no such thing
Just lots and lots of water ever-flowin’ on down.
Its birth, invisible, ‘cept for some mountain spring
That grows until it billows – a frothy white crown.
You’d swear you see the shape of a great waterfall
Yet really no thing rests there – save pattern, that’s all.



Timea Deinhardt’s work has appeared here in EA News, in The Bombay Review (anthology), Fip (online) magazine as well as in Poets Online and elsewhere. She can be found on Tumblr and WordPress.



THE EGG FARM

by Timea Deinhardt

His year-round concern was foremost the egg farm
but in summer (and strictly for friends and for us)
my granddad grew French beans, tomatoes (Italian)
plus carrots and lettuce and just plain ol’ peas
(asparagus sometimes, but that’s never easy)

Still everyone knew that his true love was peaches –
which did very well in South-eastern Ontario
although total yield was never tremendous –
numbered in dozens – at best, a few hundred.

Yet each fruit he picked and then put on our table
could have won a blue ribbon or taken Grand Prize,
so we all took our time just to savour those peaches
and treated each one as if it were the last
(and we’d laugh at whoever was first to go mmm…)

The most recent owners struck me as friendly
and neighbours admire their lawns thin as car rugs –
which they mow like recruits at least once every week –
but they have no idea of all they’ve destroyed.

In place of our strawberry patch stands a dumb shed
which had to be built to shelter the lawnmower
(judging by size, designed for a golf course)
and they haven’t a clue how to prune any fruit trees
or what it might take to grow a real peach.

Sure, grandfather’s favourite bears fruit by the hundreds –
perhaps even thousands! – but is that what counts
when there isn’t one peach ever reaches maturity
or has flavour to speak of – or any at all.

Breaks my heart sometimes when those who now live there
talk of “further improvements” (another garage?)
and I try not to wince when the pair of them crow
and tell me how great the old orchard is doing
(and I feel even worse thinking how could they know?)



Timea Deinhardt’s work has appeared in The Bombay Review (anthology), Fip (online) magazine as well as in Poets Online and elsewhere. She can be found on Tumblr and WordPress.



…uh, is it an election year already?

by Timea Deinhardt

I

Once again millions of Americans
will buy into the legend of Hood Robin –
believe it perfectly legitimate
to enrich the already wealthy
by robbing those who can least afford it.

II

Not only am I in favour of
separation of church and state
I’m in favour of separation
of state and corporation…

or is that redundant?
Sister systems of enslavement
that get off tax-free.

III

Millions of dollars were spent
since the end of WWII
so that you would react to the word socialism
as if it referred to something
more dangerous than dynamite…

so forget that word and just remember
how utterly anti-social capitalism is –
how deaf to human suffering
how blind to ecological destruction.



Timea Deinhardt’s work has appeared in The Bombay Review (anthology), Fip (online) magazine as well as in Poets Online and elsewhere. She can be found on Tumblr and WordPress.