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An Ode to Ezra Pound - Musical accompaniment performed by audio-visual hallucinations

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An Ode to Ezra Pound - Musical accompaniment performed by audio-visual hallucinations

Through past/present/future, the Oriental Express still clatters,
bending time, space and everything else that really matters.

The eclectic, co-mingled aroma
of Turkish coffee, French onion soup
and spicy Kung Pao almonds,
wafts through the observation deck,
stinging the ornamental eyes
delicately carved into the interior bas-relief.

Initially squinting,
blinking wide open,
pupils melt like hot candle wax,
dripping onto toes tip-tapping
alongside the steady music beating 
from off the iron bones spinning 'round below.

Barely, just barely,
they hear the yardman's migratory yearnings
as he switches the tracks of thought -
so mesmerized they are,
by the moistened, black boughs
speeding past open windows.
Pale faces dangling from the laden branches;
strange, intoxicating fruit


so comfortably close to fingertips,
their spiral prints bending time, space
and everything else in-between that really matters.

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  1. Date: 5/4/2015 3:21:00 PM
    There's something about reading poems after some years of reading it before, refreshing in its own way--wherein some things seem to click this time around than from previous readings. I really enjoyed reading this very intriguing poem again, Chris, loving the title too! Sent you soupmail!

  1. Date: 10/18/2012 5:16:00 PM
    This train is like the Flying Dutchman - music by Wagner. "Strange, intoxicating fruit" indeed. Congrats on the selection. Love, daver

  1. Date: 10/6/2011 2:55:00 PM
    Ah I see I have never left a truly decent comment here yet-- heehee, oops! Well I sure am glad you entered this one! This is definitely a very visual write and though I'm not truly familiar with Ezra Pound, well I'm just glad he inspired you enough to write this very interesting piece-- super congrats on your win, Chris-- haha ok, I recently read your comments in mine, haha that naner line made me laugh, I think I can be the receiving end as well lol, that's fun being a loser then a winner ;)

  1. Date: 10/5/2011 8:53:00 AM
    Wow!Beautiful,Chris.Congratulations on your first place win!

  1. Date: 10/3/2011 4:27:00 PM
    congrats on a great 1st place poem chris, another intriguing and original write from you...

  1. Date: 10/3/2011 9:20:00 AM
    yeah Pound was a genius .....well done my friend........ pity Ezra is more remembered for influencing other famous guys rather than for his own poetry...... best wishes...Syd

  1. Date: 10/3/2011 7:12:00 AM
    Congrats Chris. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/3/2011 2:15:00 AM
    Many Congratulations Chris, you are a wonderful poet indeed!!!

  1. Date: 10/3/2011 12:16:00 AM
    Chris, great poem, congratulations on your first place win. You are a wonderful poet. Take care Lee

  1. Date: 10/2/2011 8:30:00 PM
    Congratulations on your first place win!!!!!!!------Lori

  1. Date: 10/2/2011 6:28:00 PM
    Congrats Chris on first place win with dynamic poetry my friend.. oh now where did Vom go?

  1. Date: 10/2/2011 1:57:00 PM
    Well I've never been to heaven, but I've been to Oklahoma... what more can I say? Thanks, Chris, another amazing one. Beauty day to ya. Namaste~N

  1. Date: 4/18/2011 12:51:00 PM
    I read the comment below--oh goshh haha now I miss Irma!!

  1. Date: 10/16/2010 11:36:00 AM
    I am a poor boy too, parupumpum-- we have more comments to bring parupumpum, ra pum pum, da dum dum- dum dummmmmmmmmm hahaha I think I like Skat's comment, I think I will use it as MY own!,,,,,WOW! HEARD ABOUT THAT TOILET PLUNGER :))(( hold on to yourself- coz this is gonna hurt like hell --actually this is hurting like hell for me hahahhahaha this is hard ... WAIT I THINK THAT WAS THE WRONG PASTE..LOL.. I LIKE nikko COMMENT! i THINK I WILL USE IT AS MY OWN.LOL*luv~NIKKO

  1. Date: 10/16/2010 11:32:00 AM
    now I think I know what you tried to say to me- and that's Congratulations on your success in the contest! What a superb poem! 777+=Dynamite! Enjoyed reading this so much

  1. Date: 3/26/2010 1:30:00 AM
    Great images ,very appropriate to your tribute.Rgds Brian & thanks for your welcome comments

  1. Date: 3/25/2010 9:03:00 PM
    Do I hear bongos in the background, definitely some bells and loquats. Singularity Neat