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Apollo On What The Boy Gave Analysis

Author: poem of Reginald Shepherd Type: poem Views: 9

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Eyes the color of winter water,

eyes the winter of water where I

Quoits in the Spartan month

Hyacinthius, the game

joins us, pronounces

us god and boy: I toss him

the discus thinking This is mine

and the wind says Not yet

Memory with small hairs

pasted to pale wet skin

(the flower hyacinthos,

perhaps a fritillaria, not

the modern Hyacinthus orientalis)

After he smells of orange groves,

spreads white ass meat for me

him with a hole drilled in him I try

to fill: I ease my way into his orchard

(the ornamental Liliaceae

genera, including the spring

-flowering Crocus and Hyacinthus,

and the summer-flowering

Hemerocallis or day lily; also

Amaryllis, Hippeastrum, and Narcissus)

A blow struck by jealous Zephyrus, or

Boreas, by other accounts:

his skin annotated by the wound

that explicates his mortality

in red pencil, wind edits him down to

withering perennial, shriveled bulb

(perhaps a pre-Hellenic god, his

precise relationship to Apollo

still obscure, though clearly

a subordinate)

Him with a hole I keep trying

to make, dead meat of white

blooms in hand

(onion as well, garlic, leek,

chive, and asparagus)

And where he was

this leafless stalk (bluebell,

tulip, torch lily, trillium:

snowdrop, Solomonís

seal) I break to take for my own,

black at the core of blossoming

(a bell-shaped nodding flower,

usually solitary)


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