Today’s lesson

First Donald O’Connor dances over a keyboard
taps in a tip-top tip-toe kick-it-in-the-teeth
kind of way
then slapstick sashays all clown grace
over/under swivelling planks
through the whole let’s do the show right here
cartwheeling world
drives himself up those walls
and then shoots through one
wreck rips it right up.

Next Charlotte sends me a poem
jellyfish in the blender of the waves
flop and flatten under their own weight
on sand, prey to shoes and curious sticks.

Piano abuse.
Jellyfish abuse.
Strikes me there’s a lot of it about.

Advertisements

About Jan Dean

Poet-in-schools
This entry was posted in A poem a day for April. Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Today’s lesson

  1. Pingback: Noticing stuff « shinystuff

  2. Great fun Jan. Here’s to JLF – Jellyfish Liberation Front, not boy band.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s