Le Masque de Lycées and Other Poems

By Thomas Page Le Masque de Lycées We waltz to a beat of six feet apart With our black masks hiding the stories of our teeth and beards Relying on kind eyes to say hello and good morning— A masque of sorts— To hide in our rooms in thirty-odd desks with only one occupant. Cinderella's … Continue reading Le Masque de Lycées and Other Poems

French Tanka

By Thomas Page I have been practicing French with the Tanka poem format. While this isn't a great example of either French or a Tanka, I would like to share these poems as an example of the practice of writing and mastering a form or a language Ce matin il y A mon anniversaire Veut … Continue reading French Tanka

The Purple Blossoms of Late Summer and Other Poems

By Thomas Page The Purple Blossoms of Late Summer In the plot by my porch purple flowers have bloomed  During the Roman’s esteemed month  To speckle the onions and the leeks  Looking as clean as the weeds   In the summer’s rains and shines.  How pleasant are these surprises of nature  Which see the green … Continue reading The Purple Blossoms of Late Summer and Other Poems

The Tourists of Sargasso Sea and Other Poems

By Thomas Page   The Tourists of the Sargasso Sea  Marine biologists have been baffled by the Sargasso Sea’s tubular tourists— The eel.    The eel  Seem to be the true  Sexless  Ageless  Birthless  Originless creature swimming along the warm streams.    They have baffled the likes of philosophers and psychoanalysts  With their knavish resistance … Continue reading The Tourists of Sargasso Sea and Other Poems

Skeleton Crew and Other Poems by Thomas Page

Skeleton Crew The best way to scare someone is to justBeVeryStill. I was cast as a pirateWith burning embers in my beardAnd my hand clasped in a hookStationed with my skeleton crew—A motley crew of six, sparking pink sailors;Deader than a doornailTheir mandibles and maxillas permanentlyFixed in a cackle. I also had a treasure chest … Continue reading Skeleton Crew and Other Poems by Thomas Page