A monster is uncontainable in form. My son
cannot contain himself. He has too many,
is too much. He can't be filled because he flings
himself wide at the slightest brush.
He is a spill. His fear is monstrous, too. Just try
to calculate the scale – the nightmares
nightmares have – how in his mind the count
from flash to thunderclap is always zero.
Whose name is that? A monster's glance is one-way.
There is no in. So build your halls to keep him out,
to measure him against the measured walls –
whittle your little sticks and look away.
I sing at him. He makes a face. I show him
my paintings of stallions that gallop. Dream, my son,
I say, of their hoof beats. "Hoot-beasts!" he cries,
and spills again, uncontained, the gore of his judgments.
To mark National Poetry Month, Globe Arts will publish original new poems throughout the month of April.
Paul Vermeersch is a poet, artist, editor, and teacher. His five books of poetry include The Reinvention of the Human Hand and Don't Let It End Like This Tell Them I Said Something. He lives in Toronto.