Friday, July 19, 2013

Two Poems by Deborah Guzzi


He writes to me in curly cues
painting fractals on
pressed paper made of rice.
Shreds of simple stalks
bar the smoothness of his script.
We have not known each other long
but we have known each other
since man first made fire,
the poet and his muse.

His presentation fascinates
with swirls of cartridge ink
and broad strokes, deep and long,
with pressure most pleasant.
The content though highbrow smacks
of pent passions, watering pallets
and earthy scents.

The wanting is so sweet
no reality could fill the expanse,
the oceans of prose, the mountains
which jut monstrous but daring
inviting the cleats of man,
to use pinion and hammer
upon the bounty of breast
the thigh of night
the whimper of dawn.

Poet preen for your muse
Caress the unsullied whiteness
in the hollow of my neck.

A Supreme Summer

Out doors
a place of freedom where prying eyes could not
restrain the vibrancy.
School's out.

Summer sunshine, crisp morning light,
cuts through the fog of parental restraint.
Blue jeans, tee shirts, Keds
and an orange and black striped bumble-bee bus
of prepubescent girls off for their first day
of summer work,
farm work.

Bagged and boxed lunches held tight,
their hands taped white to shield them from
the sticky yellow sap, the itch,
a rash of budding beauty
among the burgeoning rows of new stalk green.
Tobacco as far as the eye can see rises on cane-like stalks.
The furrowed fields are uncovered now in the July sun.

Gaggles of girls in candy colors, sweet and sour girls,
tall and short girls,
rows of girls among the cane.
Poled lines spanned the rows above the rising canes.
Little twisters walked the gullies tying off each plant,
around the rising stem a hairy-brown twine was laced,
between the fan shaped leaves of dollar green.

Early summer passed, coloring cheeks pink,
and skin to golden brown.
The stalks rose like seeds from Jack.
By the first of August, they'd topped the girls
and the cheesecloth shades were rolled above.
Steamed in the August sun
the children were watered
and by State Law occasionally rested and retrieved
if the temp rose past
one-hundred and five below the nets.
Any bit of uncovered skin was burnt and tarred black daily

by then . . .
harvest time
shooed into the darkened sheds
on the dirt floor
the stringers stood,
sewing machines with piles of slats beside them
one girl per machine
two hands
two leaves
in they went between the belted teeth
and the needle lanced.
It also lanced tired fingers.

I can't remember the pay scale
but they called it piecework
and it was too.  [a fine piece of work]
It took bits of you away every day.

But in the dark, high up in the rafters, the darkies
hung the bounty, handsome black Jamaican boys
crews of boys with lilting tongues
and they sang
and we sang

"Come see about me"
we worked, and we sang
"Baby love"

It was a supreme summer.
On our own, a bloomin' summer
where all of life was ripe for the pickin'.

Deborah Guzzi was first published at the age of sixteen, she has continued writing for the past fifty years. She as been published in the literary journals of Western Connecticut University and self- published two illustrated volumes of poetry, The Healing Heart and Heaven and Hell In A Nutshell. At the present, she write articles for Massage and Aroma Therapy Magazines.



  1. Amusing is an provocative title for such a sultry poem with foreplay that wishfully climaxes then ends with a soft morning kiss--very sexy.
    Ah, poem two brings back memories of my youth while riding in Connecticut where from the crest of a hill, what would appear to be a lake was actually a field of tobacco covered with cheesecloth. I never thought then of the workers who sewed the cloth together nor they that worked the fields. This poem elicits so many truths that we too often take for granted but it also introduces reminiscences of those years, the songs by the Supremes and others that perhaps even those who were laboring there harken to. Wonderful Deborah.

  2. Amazing as always Debbie.. I love the flow of both poems you've really done yourself proud.. Hugs Tracie x