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Bill Lewis - Three Poems

Bill Lewis



Magpies



Good morning to you Captain

I hope you and your good lady

And your young ones are well.



Dressed so fine in your Dominican

Inquisitor's livery, except of course

Those blacks are not as black as they



First seem. In a good light, those deep

Blues and that iridescent emerald tail

Catching sunlight as it bobs to keep

Your balance on the branch.



I wonder what theology of rainbows

You understand, what meteorological

Magic is at your command?



You answer with a cacophony ofcroaks

That make even crows sound like robins:



Six is for the devil and seven's for god

One of them is even the other is odd



But I won't tell you which is which

Unless you're a gypsy, a fox or a witch.











Jackdaws



Nimble and quick and a bit of a lad.

No need to jump a candlestick as

Our feathers are already scorched black.



WE all have the same first name

No matter what gender and because

Of this we affirm it at every moment:

Jack! jack-jack! Jack! jack-jack! Jack!



WE all have the same first name,

Except for Franz, our Czech cousin

He's a bit of a literary type, always

Trying to get into some castle or other.











Jianghu



1.



Rivers and lakes in an alternative existence

Where the law of gravity is not enforced;



Where every gangster is affiliated with triads

And secret societies with roots in feudal times.



Violet ballets of bullets and steel stars

Unfold in slow motion and wide screen



In the secret cinema of unknown pleasures,

Housed in the house of flying daggers.



I let the electric dreams into my eyes.



2.



Oh Madame Cheng your slit to the hip cheongsam

Is so very tight on your boyish body.



When I told you that there was an American

Comic book character called The Dragon Lady

You laughed and said, all dragons are male,



Including the one on your dress which seems

To shimmer and caress you when you move



Oh Madame Cheng you are every inch a woman

Except for the three you keep concealed.



I dreamed that your embroidered dragon moved

Over your ivory nakedness like a living tattoo.



Oh, Madame Cheng you sip you oolong tea

And say: now yang flows through my yin.







Note: "Oolong" tea translates as "Black Dragon"











copyright © Bill Lewis, 2020


 

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