Levi Wagenmaker ~ designer pollen

not all pollen
gets stuck to the hairy legs
of bees
some is rather randomly released
to float away on gusts of wind
an indeterminate rendezvous
with kindred floral sexual organs

bees do not usually
creep into nostrils
transferring pollen from their hairy legs
onto a nose’s mucous membrane
and for that
we may be thankful

however

some free-floating pollen does tend
to get up someone’s nose
and trigger an allergic reaction
and then
tears run
to mourn loud sneezing
slinging slime

the idea of intelligent design
would be deemed to be supported
by the discovery of flowering plants
for bearing fruit dependant on
insemination
by pollen-bearing snot

more conservative interpretations
given existing parallels
would tend in such a case
to see proof of hay-fever
as a manifestation
of divine retribution

clouds and jeans

certain kinds of blue jeans
are supposed to fade
a faded colour has not gone away
jeans do not fade as old soldiers do
(allegedly)
blue jeans do not melt
even if worn by a girl sitting in a bath tub
soaking them to make them shrink
so that the denim will become sculptural
(if what’s beneath them is that)
(or in spite of what’s not)
whatever the result
for a while at least
the girl will sit tight
and if the shrinking denim
will not shrink her girth
it will make her plumpness look
more appetising
to those fond of tight rotundity
and believing in clouds (and jeans)
with a cling film lining

 

Levi Wagenmaker (1944 – ) is a retired journalist, living in the Netherlands for most of the year, and in France for some of it, with three bitches, two of whom are dogs. Ena-moured life-long with language (and languages), for reasons immaterial to the act he writes poetry in English only, even if he could most likely manage it in a few other tongues. His poems have been published on line more than in print, and Google will tell the curious what, where, and when.

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