the madrigal, volume iv
rue de Civry
by clint wastling
Every Saturday, after the concert halls closed,
Les Apaches meet to discuss music, poetry, prose.
Ravel, elegantly attired, moustache waxed, debonair,
Held a cigarette jauntily – ask your question if you dare!
Léon’s Indifferent One begins forming in rhyme.
Ravel seeks precision in the uncoiling of time,
each cog and wheel within a watch enslaved,
his only intimacy -- notes placed perfectly on the stave.
Léon creates a poem about a dark young stranger.
Ravel paints a languorous kiss from musical danger.
Both men imagine the moment, craving possibilities,
if all the world was love and life allowed such liberties.
Clint Wastling’s poetry has been published in 192 Magazine, Orbis, Spelt and Consilience amongst others. Clint has a collection of poetry called Layers published by Maytree Press. His novel, The Geology of Desire, is an LGBTQ thriller set around Whitby in the 1980’s and Hull during World War II.