YGDRASIL: A Journal of the Poetic Arts

July 2003

Editor: Klaus J. Gerken
Production Editor: Pedro Sena
European Editor: Moshe Benarroch
Contributing Editors: Martin Zurla; Rita Stilli; Michael Collings; Jack R. Wesdorp

ISSN 1480-6401





      JB Mulligan
         painting the sky
         watching the river at Mobius Point

         The Best Thing In Life by Michael Levy.
         Just Thoughts by Michael Levy.
         Short & Long Of It By Michael levy
         Kid-ding Around. By Michael Levy.
         What A Lady by Michael Levy.
         Going Strong By Michael Levy.
         The Wedding Ceremony. By Michael Levy
         The Head Mistress. By Michael Levy.

      Joanna M. Weston
         HOCKEY POEM 
         OLDER WOMEN

      Averil Bones 
         Hullucina Jenelopy


   The woods back home on a spring day. Spider webs hang weighted amid the
   flourish of tender green. Large meltwater pools under the cedars. Tannin and
   swamp smells. I touch brown water. Soft adhesion: the pondwater clings to my
   finger, watery umbilical cord, tenuous memory holding still.
   A drowned woman floats upward to greet me. I knew her in another life. She
   tears at the silvery skin, frantic. Does memory diffuse through the limpid
   membrane? The surface shudders silently. The sun wavers, hesitates, pursues
   its course.  Parallel shafts of light and shadow sweep the forest floor.
   Multiple sundials, multiple, parallel lives.
   I bait a hook. Blind life wriggles in brown water. Torn from the ground in
   violent birth, naked sacrifice. Small flies jitter nervously in small
   clouds. Bass and pickerel rise.  They surface to snap at flies, sink lazily
   away. Lordly concealment. Repeated rhythms.
   I bait a hook with a feather. It lands lightly. The drowned woman rises,
   struggles to seize the lifeline.  Slash marks on her face and hands from the
   hook. She tries again and again.  I watch with strange detachment. We live
   in different worlds.
   A thin line of bubbles rises from below. Decomposition. Intermittant SOS,
   faint pulse of a former life.  Memories persist, rise, transparent and
   uneven. No permanent record. I bend down to the water, sing long and low,
   insistent sounds, the syllables of recall. Yearning mists the surface.
   Shadows lengthen. The sun touches the edge of the world. Sleep mists the
   world like yearning, breath on a mirror. Faint memories rise. A record
   evaporates off the silvery skin.
   May 31, 2003

JB Mulligan chronographies ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ i The plains of time, the oceans of event, the certain, inexact topographies of past and future spread, the fall and rise of ant and empire, each specific point as far away from what is equidistant in the latitude and longitude of days, each arbitrary measurement precise through all the scattered vistas of occurrence. The nomad wanders, disturbing antique sand or stirring dust to be: his footprint fades before the step of memory or dreams occurs. So, on the endless highway, crowds detect an echo, in a second's sound, of travelers gone, or here, or still to come. ii The waves of time, the oceans of event, the push and countercurrent as a boat tacks port and starboard, grunts to come about and face the storm - or, as a calm descends, worries a wandering breeze to lend a hand. The end is not for voyage or for port, for one is endless, and the other waits in undiscovered countries of the wind. The waves and rings and ripples surge and swell, large and small, and mingle, bearing off in a third direction influence of both, so days erupt and wither, echoes of each other, and the flow and flux of all is bound together in a single breath.
unmasking ~~~~~~~~~ When all the masks have fallen like leaves to the side of the road, the mask of the skull is left white and smiling, like a moon we have never seen, though it pulled at all our tides. We must wear it, smiling, before we can strip it off, revealing what might or might not be the end of masks, the final skull that will, like a snowflake, dissolve.
Laocoon ~~~~~~~ They came across the sea, light a shifting filigree on sinuous, urgent coils. They seized my sons and I; I threw my curses at the sky above my sons' weak wails of terror. "Bitch!," I roared. "You’d hurl this raging Grecian horde over us like a wave!" They dragged us down from light - Troy rippled slowly out of sight - to history's brute grave. (The rest has not been known: the goddess turned us into stone and left us alive inside to dream of home, to hear their dying cries inside stone ears, close by, and always loud.)
painting the sky ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The sacred venom of the secular dream. The flashbulb eyes and expertly painted smiles. The cut of purity's cold, precision blade through unimagined meat, and all the while the lie strides into the spotlight, assuring the crowd, "The truth is nothing more than what it seems." Cheers like tickertape. A mosaic of signs and fists and faces, lettered crudely, and clear: reality awaits a stamped approval. And comes with a toggle switch, for if the stars oppose the chosen sky or interval, all heads will bravely turn, they shall not shine except as fits the theory - without this, the world would just be running in reverse.
watching the river at Mobius Point ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The river flows; the shape stays, but changes. Trees ring each year, slow, crooked roots grope for water. Even the continents' planetary yawn moves us further apart. We wander through the valley of our bodies toward death, and dream there is a stillness there. Some sort of a hub. There is only one wheel, with a center everywhere. We are only mathematicians or we would know this.
MICHAEL LEVY The Best Thing In Life ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ They say; the best things in life are Free, So why is sex so expensive? Welcome to madam Lulu's parlor, A big Top for only $500... a head, Suckers... suck em in Fifi's favorite lollipop! "My, you are a big boy" "Care for a nibble" "How do you like your dressing" "With or without garnish?" High price for a little sea-man Yo-ho-Ho! "Care for some champagne and oysters?" "Come again sir?" "One for the road?' Bottoms Up! a black orgasmic hole. "How about three cheers?" "Ejaculation with no parachute" What a jump! Now go home and hide behind your mask!! What a husband...A dozen red roses, Butter would not melt in his mouth. Really; he's just a little softy
Just Thoughts ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ He had noisy ears that would not stop rattling on! ********* The inferior decorator declared; The interior is 90 percent completed, And 10 percent started. ********* Rebellious meat Clogged up drains a fatal contraction. ******* Mucinous cheese a bounty of congest no laughing matter. ******* Heartiness sprouts inarticulate luck or a vegetated gamble ******* Schedule courage toss of the cowar-dice numbers up
Short & Long Of It ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ If you are long sighted does it mean you cannot see things clearly.... close up? And, if you are short sighted does it mean you cannot fathom things clearly..... far away? So how about hearing? If you are short eared does it mean you cannot hear The alarm clock go off so you can sleep in? And, if you are long eared does it mean you cannot hear close up...especially when the wife is talking?
Kid-ding Around ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Hebrew religion was fashioned by one mans vision(Abraham) of a male God. His father was an very successful idol maker. Abraham was brought up in the God business and decided he did not like the idols image (pardon the pun) so, he created a new image more in-keeping with a male, mythical, invisible God. But how was he to convince the people to follow this male God.? Also; Perhaps Abe's son said; I want to go into Grandpa's business and sell idols when I grow up (typical little cheeky chap) So; dear Abe thought 'Son...your messing with the wrong cowboy!' He came up with the idea that God has asked him to sacrifice his son and of course when it came to the moment of sacrifice God relented and said; Yay Verily "I was only testing your faith." (And teaching the brat a lesson) "Just kid-ding around Abe"(pardon the pun) With Abraham being a very rich and influential man the superstitious folks around him thought... if it is good enough for him.... then we all want to be beholden to this male God who can punish us or treat us kindly. (And look how well mannered his son is now) What spectacular PR indeed. Just what humanity needed.... A moody male God who has nothing better to do than play life and death games with backward, uninformed people. I wish I could say they all lived Happy ever after!
What A Lady ~~~~~~~~~~~ Her hair was long and blond, Her eyes sparkled like stars, Her lips where full and provocative She turned mens heads when she walked into a room She oozed sex appeal, Not bad for a lady of eighty-six And...she was a great housekeeper, Well, after all she had been married five times, And she kept all the houses
Going Strong ~~~~~~~~~~~~ They thought he was as mad as a hatter but he explained; "it's just the mercury in my teeth speaking! They wondered why he wore such strong spectacles He answered; my eyes are not my vision! They thought him deaf as a door post And were amazed how he could answered all their questions He illustrated how you can listen in silence to wisdom and let your eyes feed your ears They asked if he consumed any dairy products He said: Cows eat grass! They supposed he was not normal Because he smiled all the time He declared; The people I encounter ask such funny questions! They enquired; What is your secret of living to 110 years of age He replied; The Gods are in a frenzy trying to repair humanities crazy foolishness.... And they simply forgot to call me home!
The Wedding Ceremony ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Here comes the bride..all dressed in white? She looks down the aisle She looks at the alter She looks at the groom and thinks I'll alter you! As she approaches the groom he grins The grin declares; are you ready for a merry dance? Her smiles responds: my pussy cracks a splendid whip. replies the smile. The father of the bride smiles His smile conveys; Will my money be required to maintain the lifestyle my darling daughter is accustomed? The groom beams back; you can bank on it! The grooms mother smiles at the bride; her smile asserts; Will you look after my little boy? The bride beam replies; Little boys need big balls to play with me! The clergyman speaks; Do you bride promise to love, honor and obey? I do..... but her smile vents; I should Co-Co.... Channel. Groom do you promise to love honor and obey I do......but his smile articulates; Not bloody likely! Do you fancy, in this fairy tale wedding, that they all lived, Happy ever after? Moral of the poem If only we could read thoughts We could save poppycock, balderdash, twaddle and twiddle. I forgot to mention... they had four children named; Twaddle, Twiddle, Poppycock and Balderdash!
The Head Mistress ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Good morning, are you applying to become the new head mistress, Probably, but I am not quite sure what you are looking for? Well, what are your credentials. OK For three years I worked at a brothel and they said I gave the best head. So, they designated me...... The perfect head-mistress. I then did some studying and became a teacher. Before too long they made me head mistress of the school. So, they appointed me The perfect head-mistress. Now....... how can I best serve your needs and demands kind sir?
Joanna M. Weston HOCKEY POEM ~~~~~~~~~~~ I pour herbal tea into a poem add honey stir carefully and read each line loudly while three men watch hockey and drink beer
OLDER WOMEN ~~~~~~~~~~~ we sit at caf‚ windows watching men on the street we strip the pants from the one with a swinging walk mothers and grandmothers all know the ache in our bellies when the night runs weeping between our dreams
SOME KIND OF LUCK ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I never knew until my luck turned that I wore it in rainbow colours lazar beaming tarmac-gleaming eye-blinking a luck that opened to green pastures reached down through tumbling water and lifted onto rock but the smiling lady turned - and now rapids run swift rocks bruise cars crash and in doubt I question even the clock
LEMON-BALM ~~~~~~~~~~ untangling an apple tree from the heave and weight of dead blackberry vines which I bend and toss to a decaying pile and step into a pungency of lemon-balm - the sweet cleanliness piquant as after-shave


   Averil Bones 

   Hullucina Jenelopy
   jumped up on black Jalalopy*
   decided to go rollicking
   have a look around.
   Hullucina had fun! 
   when she went frolicking
   and rollicking riding on 
   Jalalapy, singing in the
   sunshine, they went
   over and around.
   Jalolopy just loved to feel
   the sunshine on her back,
   whinnied - they went cantering, 
   their open-hearted bantering
   filled up the afternoon.
   * Jalalopy oringally appeared in the poem as Jalolopy. Unfortunately the 
   poet could not find a part for Jalolopy, who appears closely related to 
   Chitti Chitti Bang Bang. Jalolopy remains waiting in the wings for those 
   of you who would like to get to know him.


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