Waiting For The Boat, A Poem by Dandelion De La Rue with Pics from Cambodia

cambodia river and boats

Waiting for the Boat

The sun shimmers on the murky water
A little fish jumps
a dragonfly hovers over all
And ghosts of tigers look across the river.
The couple on the bench
Look at their watches
The boat is late, they say, annoyed.
The boat is always late.
But the sun, the fish, the dragonfly
And the tiger ghosts
Are right on time.

Nitrogen in my veins, bonus “Periodic Table” poem by Chiago poet Janet Kuypers

Nitrogen in my veins

Janet Kuypers

bonus poem from the Periodic Table of Poetry series (#007, N)
(stemming from Fingers Black, written 6/5/10)

You told me nothing.
You just left me.

Now wait a minute,
I’m a journalist,
so all I could do
was turn my fingers black,
scouring the newspapers,
searching for any news
about what happened
with us.

The ink from that paper
crept around my fingernails,
trying to work it’s way
under my skin.
I could feel that
darkened soybean oil,
that petroleum oil,
creeping it’s way into me.
I could feel that Nitrogen
from that petroleum oil
piggy-backing on that
hydrogen, carbon, oxygen.
I could feel that Nitrogen
butting that sulfur out of the way,
pushing it’s way
past the only trace amounts
of nickel and iron.
(Those trace elements
couldn’t stand a chance
against the power
of that Nitrogen,
that power
to spill the news
out to the world.)

I ran my hands
through those newspaper pages.
I felt that ink
seep under my skin,
and I felt the surge
of that Nitrogen in my veins.

I know they use liquid Nitrogen
to fuel cars,
to make them go
at stellar speeds…
And I know people take Nitrogen
to give their bodies
added strength,
journalist or not,
maybe this is
what I need.

I’ll scour those pages,
I’ll let that Nitrogen
seep into my veins,
as I look for any way
to get you back.

all this ink’s in me now.
This Nitrogen has given me
the impetus
for all I’ve got to say.

Poetry & Poems of Frank O’Hara. 1926-1966

Francis Russell “Frank” O’Hara was an American writer, poet and art critic. Because of his employment as a curator at the Museum of Modern Art, O’Hara became prominent in New York City’s art world.

Animals by Frank O'Hara read by A Poetry Channel

Frank O'Hara: Lunch Poems

Song (is it dirty), by Frank O'Hara, Read by David J. Bauman

Willem de Kooning / Frank O'Hara Poems

Frank O´Hara reads "Having a coke with you"

Six Poems of Frank O'Hara: Poem

Frank O’Hara reads selected poems

Don Draper Recites Frank O' Hara's Poetry

Having a Coke with Frank O'Hara

USA: Poetry, Frank O'Hara (1966)

Frank O'Hara Reading | Frank O'Hara Poetry | Frank O'Hara Poems

My Heart by Frank O'Hara

Frank O'Hara reading from Lunch Poems

Meditations In An Emergency // Frank O'Hara

PBS NewsHour: "POEM" by Frank O'Hara

"POEM" by Frank O'Hara (Favorite Poem Project)

ORAL HISTORY INITIATIVE: On Frank O'Hara – Woodberry Poetry Room

USA: Poetry Episode Frank O'Hara and Ed Sanders

Our Life in Poetry: Frank O'Hara

Frank O'Hara – Mayakovsky poem reading

Morning Poem // Frank O'Hara

Frank O'Hara: Why I Am Not A Painter

Life, Work, and Lunch: Meditations on Frank O'Hara

Frank O'Hara: A Step Away From Them


Selected Poems of Frank O’Hara, edited by Donald Allen, Carcanet 2005;
The Dance of the Intellect, Studies in the Poetry of the Pound Tradition by Marjorie Perloff, Northwestern University Press 1985;
Poetry On & Off the Page by Marjorie Perloff, Northwestern University Press 1998;
The Making of the Reader, Language and Subjectivity in Modern American, English and Irish Poetry by David Trotter, Macmillan 1984;
City Poet: The Life and Times of Frank O’Hara by Brad Gooch, Alfred Knopf 1993;
Some Americans, A Personal Record by Charles Tomlinson, University of California Press 1981 (reprinted by Carcanet in the volume American Essays: Making It New, 2001).