My sister sent me these that she is working on. I can't tackle words so well. They work very well brother is biased.
My job is to bang materials into function. To reach a moment where the sails
are full and all this mass finds sense. I think my sister could do it with a 2oz pen and nominal weight paper.
Beau geste beau geste - Bedfordshire
a graceful, pleasing,
fine or magnanimous gesture.
Because we are becalmed
and I can only beckon
as can she,
and because I am dazzled
by her beauty,
I pour us each a glass
of red wine
and throw my cares
into the wind
filling my cheeks
and blowing hard into the sails
to traverse the space between us -
Aeolus bedamned! 8/9/11
Barcarole Barbary fig - bare
a boat song especially as sung
by Venetian gondoliers and typically
characterized by the alternation of a strong
and a weak beat suggesting a rowing rhythm
An aquarium carp swims in a tank
in a parlor car on an Amtrak train.
In the rhythm of the rails,
he imagines the songs
of the gondoliers,
the push and pull of their poles. 7/23/11
Banderole banausic - bandolier
a long narrow forked flag or streamer;
a flag about one yard square formerly
displayed at funerals of great men
The old man prepares his canoe,
while the old water
It was carried with great effort
across the man’s shoulders.
When he reached the bank,
he bent low, boxed as a turtle,
then, with effort, rolled it off his back,
the bow balancing for a brief moment on shore,
before sliding into the stern’s wake.
The old man reaches forward,
his legs pegged to the sandy soil.
He gives the bow a shove,
swinging the stern around.
He lifts the paddle from the ground
bending at his waist ,
places it across the gunwales,
distributing the barest weight.
Lifting his right leg over and in,
his left leg remains stiff
and attached to the earth
like a tall wading bird.
Then, a moment of flight.
The old man’s foot leaves the dirt,
and with a push,
as the old water
the man kneels and sets himself adrift. 7/18/11
Baldachino balance - ball
a cloth canopy fixed or carried
over an important person or sacred object
often as a mark of honor
Hoisted from the sea, the ship
appears to give a baleful look,
its naked timbers useless,
For a brief moment
it flies through the air
and comes to rest on a sling,
beneath a canvas
befitting a king. 7/14/11