Post coitum omne animal triste est sive gallus et mulier

Yes, no cockerel who rules the cackling roost

Will stomach slander from Latin master;

But who will stand aside and let the ghost

Of hints slur old motherhood’s register.

Manhood must of needs hang its head in pain

After all the sweat and toil in loins of love;

After millions of squiggly soldiers in vain

Drop their lean tails at the egg wall alcove.

Only the fool who dares call woman’s bluff

Shall learn hard way positions in bedstead;

Virile pride will sink in the depths of fluff

While smooth gym-trained muscles rage instead.

As they say hereabouts sur le vieil Continent
La différence, Mon Sieur: lip’s shade content.

· “After the sexual encounter every animal is
grief-stricken, excepting the cock and the woman.”

© T. Wignesan – Paris, 2005-2012. From the collection:

Poems Omega Plus, 2005. Rev. 2012.

T. Wignesan

If I might be allowed to say so, I think my "first" love was poetry. Unfortunately for me, the British curricula at school did not put me in touch with the Metaphysical Poets, nor with the post-Georgian school. Almost all the school texts after World War II contained invariably Victorian narrative poems and some popular examples of Romantic poetry. I chanced upon a selection of T. S. Eliot's and Fitzgerald's Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, and a little later on Pope's An Essay on Man and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. That did the trick. Yet, I regret not having taken to prose in earnest earlier than the publication of my first collection: Tracks of a Tramp (1961). There's nothing like trying your hand at all kinds of prose exercises to come to grips with poetry. Or rather to see how poetry makes for the essence of speech/Speech and makes you realise how it can communicate what prose cannot easily convey. I have managed to put together several collections of poems, but never actually sought to find homes for them in magazines, periodicals or anthologies. Apart from the one published book, some of my sporadic efforts may be sampled at of Poems.htm

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