PF detail from Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Beach Scene, Guernsey (Children by the Sea in Guernsey) - 1883;

ISSN 
1942-2067

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May 2009

 

Ernie Wormwood lives in Leonardtown, Maryland in the USA. New poems are in the anthology Poem, Revised from Marion Street Press and in Poetic Voices Without Borders II  from Gival Press.  She recently appeared on Grace Cavalieri’s program for the Library of Congress, The Poet and the Poem, which can be heard at www.loc.gov/poetry/poetpoem.html.



 

Small Machine

Made of voices
tiny and mammoth
it  began
 
in some cave
or behind a Chinese screen
sometimes, as a slight humming
 
reminiscent of the Zulu.
A fly can bring it.
No electrical power needed
 
just power.
I think a woman
gave birth to it
 
but they took it away,
it didn’t look
like the baby they wanted.
 
Anyway, that’s what Rilke
named it, one night
all alone, thinking about living forever
 
and what could run it.

(October, 2008)

Georges Seurat "The Stone Breakers, le Raincy" 1882