Tuesday Poem: ‘Poem from Big Love Songs’ by Vaughan Gunson

A Poem from Big Love Songs

This won’t be news to you
but it’s always worth noting, scribbling on a tablet,
those times when you’re snug
with the world, like an Avocado stone
inside the pale green oily flesh of the fruit

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand I don’t know
whether to extend this idea into a neat
or twisted metaphor about life
and the tree with an egg-shaped fruit
with skin like an Armadillo’s shell, even though
I’ve never touched an Armadillo, being
just the first thing that came to me, and maybe
I’m starting at the beginning of the alphabet

are often just the start of something,
like that philosophical treatise you’re confident
will be the last word on Plato, Hegel and Schopenhauer.
That’s what it feels like when you begin writing,
thinking you have all the answers,
but maybe it’s like having the very best sex
after the very best conversation
when you ascend into each other

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand then it’s over
and the philosophical treatise didn’t even last a page
or get round to making a comparison
between loving life right now
and a fruit or animal starting with the letter ‘B’.


(I’m posting this poem, with permission from my friend and poet Vaughan Gunson, today, for B, on his birthday. -M. Elvy)

More about Big Love Songs:

Big Love Songs is a collection of poetry inspired by the poems and songs of Pablo Neruda, Francisco de Quevedo, Leonard Cohen, Charles Baudelaire, Bob Dylan and Maurice Scève, among others. The poems celebrate and play with the tradition of love poetry, but in the context of the 21st century and the global challenges facing us all. The collection will be available as a book sometime in 2014. Contact vgunson@xtra.co.nz.
“Big Love Songs is an extremely enjoyable collection, full of poems which are intensely lyrical, sensual and moving.” – Alistair Paterson, editor of Poetry New Zealand
vaughan2Vaughan Gunson lives in Hikurangi, north of Whangarei. He is the editor of Take Flight (www.takeflightwhangarei.com), a monthly broadsheet of creative things happening in Whangarei. He’s the poetry editor for the fledging online literary journal Open Road Review. In 2012 a collection of Vaughan’s poems titled this hill, all it’s about is lifting it to a higher level was published by Steele Roberts and was favourably reviewed in a number of literary publications. More poems by Vaughan can be read at www.vaughangunsonpoetry.com



Tuesday Poem is a collective of poets who share poetry on a weekly basis across borders and time zones. At the TP hub this week, you’ll find ‘Villon in Millerton’ by James Norcliffe, posted by Hub Editor Harvey Molloy, plus poems by the various TP collective members.  Look down the left-hand sidebar and click on each one to see their weekly contributions.

Tuesday Poem For more Tuesday Poems, go here.


This entry was posted in Other People's Stuff and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s