Mantis

He nursed
unrequited love
in his green
heart-shaped
head-of-eyes.

An evolution
of praying for love
has made a crippled
posture of his arms.

Bitterness
has stiffened
his neck,
fanged his limbs
with malice.

In his fierce desires
his embraces kill
his love devours.


from Behind the Carnival (Smith/Doorstop, 1994), © John Lyons 1994, used by permission of the author

Recordings

John Lyons

John Lyons Reading from his Poems

1Chickichong

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2Madbull Kite

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3Grown Away

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4Skin Skin, Yuh Na Know Meh

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5Not Every Old Woman is a Souyouan

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6You Not A Soucouyant

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7Soucouyant On Bonfire Night

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8The Tamboo Bamboo Band

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9Gru-Gru Beff

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10Bobolee

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11Great-Grannie Mammie’s Sunday Food

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12Hauling in the Seine

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13Bonito in the Night

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14Fish on the Menu

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15King Fish

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16Jumbies

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17When Mum Switches on the Dark

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18Carnival Jumbie

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19The Climbing Skeleton

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20I Love Chicken Roast

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21Witch Ghost

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22TV Alien

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23A Room in the City

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24In a Welsh Cafe

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25Grandpa Dolphus

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26Terre-Animus

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27Hauntings

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28My Praying Mantis

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29Mantis

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30Z Sprittle Lepidopterist

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31An Iguana Chase

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32Mongoose

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33Pig’s Boast

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34My Dog Named Woopsin

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35Kisskadee Bird

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36Ancestors Say Goodbye

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37Christmas Come-An-Gorn

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