07 April 2006


                Poison

                For three days now
                a guppy has been dead
                and floating,
                bobbing around
                the aquarium filter.
                Each night I come home
                late from work
                and observe the further
                stages of its
                decomposition,
                the slow collapse of
                fins, tail and
                abdomen.
                Bad things linger
                in our lives
                because we don’t
                have the energy
                to deal with
                them,
                to fish them out,
                no, we only
                watch
                as if hypnotised
                while they rot
                and fester
                as they will
                sometimes spreading
                a slow and lethal
                poison.
posted by Gilbert at Friday, April 07, 2006

9 Comments:

Blogger Gilbert Koh said...

Brand new poem, based on my dead guppy. Funny I can find time to write a poem about it, but not to fish it out. :P

April 07, 2006  
Blogger spyder said...

Nice! I like this poem - expresses so well about how we sometimes allow what happens in life to affect us.

April 07, 2006  
Blogger Bluesky_Liz said...

Gak!

Not everyone deals with dead things like that because they don't have energy or they are fascinated, some people stand around and hope it's just pretending, or they are just waiting for someone else to fish out the dead thing for them. :P

April 07, 2006  
Blogger prayingbudda said...

every poem you compose allows me to feel different emotions. they enable me to see the world in a different perspective.

you're seriously fab.

could you explain your use of spacings at the beginning of lines in some poems?

April 07, 2006  
Blogger Gilbert Koh said...

Gee, thanks.

The use of spacings at the beginnings of lines in some poems - you mean like in "The Ugly Duckling"?

Well it's rather intuitive, but basically:

(a) if the idea in a phrase deserves attention in its own right, then the phrase gets its own line;

(b) however sometimes if I feel that the phrase is very strongly connected to the preceding idea, I add some spacings to the phrase, so that Line 2 starts closer to where Line 1 ended (and the reader's eye moves more smoothly from Line 1 to Line 2).

April 07, 2006  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Oh gilbert,
no time to clean the tank but have time to write this poem.

your readers' gain!

i think the poison is in the demanding environment we are living in. :(

April 07, 2006  
Blogger floots said...

powerful piece
loved the pivot
great illustration too
(surprised you didn't write a tanka - sorry but it's what you've come to expect :) )

April 07, 2006  
Blogger Jon said...

Wonderful site. I really enjoy your work.

April 08, 2006  
Blogger MB said...

Great poem. Poor guppy.

Poor Gilbert, having to fish it out!

April 12, 2006  

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