Visiting Poet

November 03, 2015

Midland student enjoyed a Sunday visit from poet Gary Margolis. Gary spoke to the students and read poetry. Gary later wrote a poem deticated to Midland, please read Visiting Poet.

 

Visiting Poet

 

No one told me I would be sitting

across the table from Deyanira, number

two wife of Hercules, the name her parents

assigned her. Sitting in her classroom

at the foot of Grass Mountain,

a dry Olympus.  Where the gods

wear masks of spiders and snakes,

the dead drum their Chumash bones.

No gave me a heads up, across the road

supplicants still come to the gates

of Neverland, to leave notes to his

ghost, songs of allegations and love.

Everything that happened that was done.

Isn’t a poem where we name horses

and women, where a goddess is saved

from rape by a god? Blood is

a river, even in this drought.

I want to assign you, too, a line you can

dream on and then write.

You can bring to class tomorrow

when I am gone. Imagine you were

named for a goddess like Deyanira

gazing out the window, thinking

of that boy across the road, that young

man, writing his note, honoring the living

dead, hat-tilted, one-gloved, dancing

his moon walk.

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