Ruth Padel Poems

Found 7 poems by Ruth Padel.
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Kiss by Ruth Padel
He's gone. She can't believe it, can't go on. She's going to give up painting. So she paints Her final canvas, total-turn-off
Black. One long
Obsidian goodbye. A charcoal-burner's Smirnoff, The mirror of Loch Ness Reflecting the monster back to its own e [ Read More ]

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TIGER DRINKING AT FOREST POOL by Ruth Padel
Water, moonlight, danger, dream.
Bronze urn, angled on a tree root: one
Slash of light, then gone. A red moon
Seen through clouds, or almost seen.

Treasure found but lost, flirting between
The worlds of lost and found. An unjust law
Repealed, a wish come t… [ Read More ]

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TRIAL by Ruth Padel
I was with Special Force, blue-X-ing raids
to OK surfing on the Colonel's birthday.
Operation Ariel: we sprayed Jimi Hendrix
loud from helis to frighten the slopes
before 'palming. A turkey shoot.


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The Nang fogged up. The men [ Read More ]

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HERODOTUS IN EGYPT REMEMBERS DELOS by Ruth Padel
The ground verdigris, fluffy with young mosquitoes. Waters
as sacred as these, as fatted with reeds. Bronze palm planted
to Sun. Lizards, Nile alligators, hindquarte [ Read More ]

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WRITING TO ONEGIN by Ruth Padel
(After Pushkin)
Look at the bare wood hand-waxed floor and long
White dressing-gown, the good child's writing-desk
And passionate cold feet
Summoning music of the night - tumbrils, gongs
And gamelans - with [ Read More ]

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NIGHT by Ruth Padel
(published on BLINKING EYE, http://www.blinking-eye.co.uk/writer/padel2.html )



Then spoke the thunder, shattering the looming blackness of our national life. The rumble that breaks a spell of the dry season

- Saro-Wiw… [ Read More ]

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THE APPOINTMENT by Ruth Padel
Flamingo silk. New ruff,
the ivory ghost
of a halter. Chestnut curls,

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commas behind the ear.
"Taller, by half a head,
than my Lord Walsingham."

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His Devon-cream brogue,
malt eyes. [ Read More ]

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