Poem ‘Clam’

Gulf of Mirabella and island of Pseira, Crete,...

Gulf of Mirabella and island of Pseira, Crete, Greece (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Clam

He didn’t know how to handle it, the sheer
heat of Crete; nor
the first sight of her, bikini pink, and later

sauntering around carefree
in even less,
through the clam of every evening.

And he’d certainly never seen
a cockroach before. It scooted up
their wall, brazen and antennae ledβ€”

she leapt straight out of bed! But
this one hadn’t counted on
the soul of a size eleven shoe.

While she drew a star in her diary, he
flung open the windows
each sultry morning, looked out

across the milky Mirabello Bay,
then down below, where
right on queue, Adonis

hosed down the tacky taverna floor,
leaving him to remember
what was cold and rain

Β© copyright David F. Barker 2012

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20 thoughts on “Poem ‘Clam’

  1. nice…i like the close on the wet and rain…really nice piece…i like the clam of the day…neat phrase i had not heard…and she of course sounds beutiful…smiles…you bult this well david…

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  2. nice…crete must be awesome..haven’t been there yet..but on my list..bikini pink…i like…but i hate roaches..ugh..

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  3. I love the details in this poem, especially those in the last two stanzas and the way you depicted the coming of rain.

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  4. Hi David, what a lovely holiday memory πŸ™‚ and a great view!

    I once was on a ship with cockroaches in the messroom, yuck! πŸ™‚

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  5. What a wonderful picture you paint, David, as always! This stanza made me smile and thankful it was only great imagery~ πŸ™‚

    And he’d certainly never seen
    a cockroach before. It scooted up
    their wall, brazen and antennae ledβ€”

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  6. I love reading this poem as a metaphor for two people from opposite types of “climates” spending intimate time together!

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  7. The immediacy of the language is what makes this. That and the vision of love expressed in a hot, alien climate away from the chills of home. Good work.

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