In The Rambles of the Alhambra, Coming upon a Bronze of a Naked Man Subjugating a Goat, Pipe Dreams

Scott Hightower

In The Rambles of the Alhambra, Coming upon a Bronze of a Naked Man Subjugating a Goat

Angel Ganivet Monument, Granada

Simply holding fast to his position, a man—
naked and dappled
with afternoon sunlight
(oddly reminiscent
of the Medici Fountain in
Paris)—
here, oddly intimates the swan
dominating Leda. It is possible
that we find ourselves hovering
astraddle a stallion, a fountaining
billy, a tusked boar. We are
not strategically placed gods.
At times, heroically holding fast,
brutally dominating—we claim
(at least in the reach of our art)
to be neither simple effervescing
beast
nor the fluid “consolation” of a
swan.

 


 

Pipe Dreams (A Lullaby)

Mary’s Milkdrops, lungwort:
Pulmonaria officinalis,
Galaktotrophousa, Maria Lactans,
Madonna del Latte:
Blessed is the womb that bore thee
and the paps
––Eden to Byzantium;
Rome to a bottle and Theodore
Roosevelt’s bear––that gave thee
suckle.

A doll is static and innocuous,
an awkward bridge to the world.

But every baby––even
the efflorescent wonder
of a newborn divinity
puking in its mother’s arms––
comes with its own system
of hunger and change.

Mouth “I love you”
in whatever language you speak.
Leave a pot of lungwort
or a freshly cut carnation
on the nightstand of the child’s
new castle.

. . . a bottle and Theodore
Roosevelt’s bear,

a bridge to the world
. . . a bottle and Theodore
Roosevelt’s bear––

encoded with its layers of historical
and natural disasters.

Scott Hightower

Scott Hightower has published three collections of poetry. His reviews frequently appear in Fogged Clarity and The Brooklyn Rail. He is also a contributing editor to The Journal. A native of central Texas, Hightower lives in New York City and sojourns in Spain.


In The Rambles of the Alhambra, Coming upon a Bronze of a Naked Man Subjugating a Goat Angel Ganivet Monument, Granada Simply holding fast to his position, a man— naked and dappled with afternoon sunlight (oddly reminiscent of the Medici Fountain in Paris)— here, oddly intimates the swan dominating Leda. It is possible that we …

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