Half Drunk Muse Poetry


Regimen by Martin Brick

Davenport ~ grandmother’s word for couch, try to use

Spot by the window up front ~ a) keep free of clutter b) drink morning coffee there

Cello ~ when you hurt, think of the cello, how the reverberations of its body used to pass into your legs

Eyes ~ when you shake hands, look at them, not the hand

Saturday Night ~ don’t cover your dress with a coat, I hate your coats, all of them

Radio ~ why are you on mother’s station again?

Initials ~ you were left next to W.S. on a park bench, I carved you out; you were left next to T.C. in far too many cards and letters, I burned you; you were adjoined to H.C.E. in a tipsy Scrabble game, scattered now; you were tattooed on N.C.’s arm, he’s probably seeking a new E.N.

Corduroy Coat ~ I’m sorry, I love you - your autumn Sundays beat any Saturday night

Turkish Rugs ~ start there and work the rest of the room around it

Cigarettes ~ dispose of, replace with pleasant thoughts, see CELLO above

Backgammon ~ learn (in lieu of Scrabble)

Rose Petals ~ a) on Valentine’s Day steal 2-3 petals from each flower received by each of those girls in the office b) bring home c) float in warm bath

The Century ~ crumbled, don’t let it show how you miss 1999 and before

Picket Fence ~ for those with houses

Prozac ~ refill

Off-moments Between Telephone and Laundry, Between MA thesis and blah-blah’s housewarming ~ recognize

St. Peter ~ pray for me

St. Jude ~ pray for me

St. Agnes ~ I want to dream

Camera Lens ~ look into, but sideways, and be that thing that they like to wrap their coiled minds around

Ophelia ~ poor role model

Fallen Leaves ~ gathered in father’s rain gutter, I clear to keep him off the ladder - they form a tea-like mix of life/death - where are my brothers to help? - they wouldn’t get it anyhow

View bio for Martin Brick Published in Spring and Summer 2005

About HDM

Half Drunk Muse was one of the first poetry ezines. It was founded in 1999 and ceased publication in 2006.

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