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RETIREMENT

RETIREMENT
The poet has cut his hair
and bought a flat in the city.

At night he talks to the sky
but doesn't write it down.

When he hears a pigeon call,
he doesn't compare it to anything,

even in his head. Each night
from the window all he sees

are buildings. He ignores
how the silver in the roof tiles

looks like stars, how the shadow
of a cat appears big as a tiger

with the moon behind it.
He's given his poems away,

left them on bus seats,
scattered the pages

of his unfinished collection
on the rails of the tube.

Sometimes he imagines
the footprints of the tube mice,

sooty on his words,
the swirl of pages,

showing off
in the backdraught of a train.

by Kim MOORE, in "IF WE COULD SPEAK LIKE WOLVES", Smith/Doorstop Books, 2014

Sea also: www.ipernity.com/blog/armando.taborda/768593

as well as

Kim Moore Poetry: kimmoorepoet.wordpress.com

(post 1st edition, 2014; 2nd edition, 2021)

Annemarie, buonacoppi, Fred Fouarge, homaris and 14 other people have particularly liked this photo


29 comments - The latest ones
 Nylonbleu
Nylonbleu
fabulous sculpture, looks like white marbre.... and a very great composition too !
8 years ago.
Armando Taborda club
has replied to Nylonbleu
the sculpture in marble, as you said, belongs to me; you can see it better at www.ipernity.com/doc/armando.taborda/908221

the great text was written by a great poet, Kim MOORE; I invite you to read a little bit on her through the links mentioned at the bottom
8 years ago.
 Armando Taborda
Armando Taborda club
Thanks for fave, goandgo!
8 years ago.
 beverley
beverley
o0o it has a ghostlike appearance ... perhaps at the thought of the misplaced poems
referred to in your text ;-) oOo

we have all done this ;-)
8 years ago.
Armando Taborda club
has replied to beverley
...in my text or in the Kim reproduced poem, Bev? :)
8 years ago.
 Armando Taborda
Armando Taborda club
Thanks for fave, .t.a.o.n.!
8 years ago.
 Armando Taborda
Armando Taborda club
Thanks for fave, Renate!
8 years ago.
 Armando Taborda
Armando Taborda club
Thanks for fave, Kaunos!
8 years ago.
 Armando Taborda
Armando Taborda club
Thanks for fave, Lorenzo Salmonson!
8 years ago.
 Christel Ehretsmann
Christel Ehretsmann club
a nicely presented poet and poem
8 years ago.
Armando Taborda club
has replied to Christel Ehretsmann club
thanks much dear Christel!
8 years ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Il falait rester au lieu d'acheter un appartement en ville.
20 months ago.
Armando Taborda club
has replied to Malik Raoulda club
Je suis d'accord, Malik! Sourire!
20 months ago.
 vero
vero club
pas pour toi l'appartement en ville, Magnifique poème, une bonne journée bisous
20 months ago.
Armando Taborda club
has replied to vero club
Sûrement, pas pour moi! J'ai déjà un à Lisbonne mais je suis toujours cherchant le chemin du village! Bisous!
20 months ago.
 J.Garcia
J.Garcia club
Belo poema!
Obrigada, Armando!
20 months ago.
Armando Taborda club
has replied to J.Garcia club
Tens toda a razão! É belíssimo! A Kim é uma portentosa poeta!
20 months ago.
 ╰☆☆June☆☆╮
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
Excellent !!!!
Have a great new week my friend...
20 months ago.
Armando Taborda club
has replied to ╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
Thanks much, June!
20 months ago.
 Xata
Xata club
"The poet has cut his hair".... foste ao barbeiro logo à abertura ? Hahahahaha
20 months ago.
Armando Taborda club
has replied to Xata club
No...firstly I became retired! :)
20 months ago.
 cammino
cammino club
As a poet, you should not move to the city ...
20 months ago.
Armando Taborda club
has replied to cammino club
Part of the year I live in the city, another part in the village!
20 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Outstanding sculpture capture! Stay well!
20 months ago.
Armando Taborda club
has replied to William Sutherland club
Thanks much, William!
20 months ago.
 Armando Taborda
Armando Taborda club
Thanks for fave, homaris!
20 months ago.
 Armando Taborda
Armando Taborda club
Thanks for fave, Fred Fouarge!
20 months ago.
 Armando Taborda
Armando Taborda club
Thanks for fave, buonacoppi!
20 months ago.
 Armando Taborda
Armando Taborda club
Thanks for fave, Annemarie!
20 months ago.

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