Poem of the Week
Updated: May 11
I promise to put the knot
Behind my ear and not
Behind my neck, I swear
That the days will break
All at once, not each one
At said hour, the perfect flower
Will instantly bend and break
But not me, dangling
I promise upon decency of my death
Life can never take
I swear I am Jack Tar
Sailor of a cell
Fatality of a wreck
Baptist of a bar
I break bottles on barren streets
I never lock the car.
I hereby proclaim to put the knot
Behind my ear
Not behind my neck.
By Richard Wilson Moss
Analysis of the jack Tar by Dr Pragya Suman :
Though so many nice poetries dropped this week in our group Meet the Poets, that it was really difficult for me to make a choice.
I picked up one of the gracefully poetries written by Richard Wilson moss as it has carved a separate niche among the poems. His poem Jack Tar is an elegant example of ABSTRACT POETRY. There are so many stylistic features that reside in the Jack Tar. In this poem aural quality is equal or more important than the meaning . Abstract poetry is more or less similar to the Avant Garde musical composition. In Jack Tar semantic features are in fine balance of sound, image and vocabulary. Richard Wilson moss poetries wear a stoic’s like grace.
He says “I break bottles on the barren streats.”
Alliteration is used so beautifully in this line .
Dr Pragya Suman
Biography; Richard Wilson moss is an American poet. His books are Adquietus, Red Dust, Dead leaves of Summer, Looms. Yuma, Northspur, In woods at Night, The first rain, The Common Storm. He lives along with his wife Sandy Moss and a daughter in Virginia, America.