Ron Watson is an American Poet, born in 1958 in Little Rock
Arkansas. He claims to have "turned to poetry instead
of crime in 1976." Ron earned his M.A. as well as a B.S.E. in English from Arkansas State University. After teaching
at the community-college level for a few years, he found
his "calling" to be in the public schools, explaining
that he gets "a kick out of teaching 8th graders to write."
Mr. Watson received an Al Smith Fellowship for Poetry from the
Kentucky Arts Council in 1992.
His work has appeared in publications such as The Journal of Kentucky Studies, Kansas Quarterly, The Redneck Review of Literature, South Dakota Review, Wind,
Zone 3, and New Mexico Humanities Review. His chapbooks include My Name Ain't Bud (1991) Pygmy Forest Press,
Pagan Faith (1992) Nightshade Press,
A Sacred Heart (1994) Redneck Press,
and Counting Down The Days (1994) Pudding House Press.
Multifaceted and complex, you are like quartz
Each angle a new gleam, no mere chick or babe
But a woman, wise to fool's gold
Who seeks gems and rare stones
Who dreams unsettling dreams
Who strings bead by bead
This necklace of never-ending years
Who tithes to motherhood its costly sum
Who aches for love.
And I am a man
A convolution of strands
That having broken now reform
A startled boy inside
Curious, bewildered, and ultimately
Thrilled to be alive
To be near you speaking softly
To be enamored
To be willing against all odds and common sense
The rubble of the world is another matter
More realistic with its demands.
We have our limitations, God help us,
And we do what we can.
But when I think of you, and lately
I have thought of you often, I think
Of spirits assuming flesh
Of union and bodyheat
Of desire undiminished by time
Unchecked by the clockwork of our lives.
To make much of time Marvell wrote,
Admonishing who knows how many generations
So long has he lain
As cold as dust in his grave.
Copyright © 1998 Ron Watson
You must tell me what they say
When the weather turns this way,
When each green tree's ungentle leaves
Are fiercely dying.
Is there a phrase you have, a word
For what passes through your heart
This time of year? Can you tell me
In your own tongue what it means
To wear this season's breeze?
Do you think of home? Of a lover
You knew too briefly once? Do you
Catch yourself in waking dreams?
Do you find yourself full of grief
That cannot speak? Do you long
To sleep and sleep?
It happens like that here, though
My English bears no tiding I can name.
I am left to guess where you are.
A restless midnight pulls me on and on.
Two candles stand a vigil by your chair.
It is raining.
Copyright © 1994 Ron Watson