Saturday, September 15, 2007

from Barbados

Frederick Seidel (2007)

A cane toad came up to them.
They'd never seen anything so remarkable.
Now they could see the field was full of them.
Suddenly the field is filled with ancestors.
The hippopotamuses became friendly with the villagers.
Along came white hunters who shot the friendly hippos dead.
If they had known that friendship would end like that,
They never would have entered into it.
Suddenly the field is filled with souls.
The field of sugarcane is filled with hippopotamus cane toads.
They always complained
Our xylophones were too loud.
The Crocodile King is dead.
The world has no end.

1 comment:

dan said...

from Oogo Booga

I read an article in Harper's (Sept 2007) about him and did some online searching. First sentence of the article:

"Decadent" is the word most often applied to Frederick Seidel's poetry, whether in a spirit of praise, reproof, or moral nervousness.