Saturday, December 11, 2010


Photo of the crab by Dr Roger Litton, UK
Used without his permission for which I am very sorry!

 He who decides what crawls sideways best
Can deliver judgment on the rest
Will not betray the contest or the quest.

No one destructs the meaningless
Or deconstructs the effortless
Display of new ideas,

Like one who can plant
Brilliant dreams
Sardonic twists

Unusual sex
He finds through 
closer reading of the texts.

There is no arbiter of poetry good or bad
As he who can de-shell the crab.

© Gay Reiser Cannon All Rights Reserved


  1. Nice love the last lines!
    Thanks for your commnets on my blog please send me an email and I'll be able to give you a fuller answer

  2. Excellent poem and the crab in the photo is very handsome!

  3. Great little poem, Gay(and quite a coincidence as I have a crab steeping on the mental back burner atm myself.) I like the first lines--classic--and the entire thrust of the piece is quite effective, even if slightly sidewise. ;-)

  4. How kind of you to say. Someday I'll tell the backstory of this little ditty ;-) Thanks poetic women!

  5. Very philosophical and topical.

    made me laugh, perhaps it's the face of that very determined crab!

    I'll come back later this day and read again, because my mind isn't even going sideways right now...very early.

    Excellent oneshot, Gay!

    Lady Nyo

  6. Ha, that last line sure brought it home!

  7. Ha! I like this one very much - quite the entertaining piece, in thought and image, yet still managing to delve deeper, pecking at something quite real. Nice!

  8. Wonderful flow, and liked the concept of “…closer reading of the texts”, or perhaps between the lines. Well Done!

  9. Gay, when you're in this abstract/memory/visual mode I really love your stuff. This was excellent.

  10. Ooo, love it, so self-reflexive and layered

  11. Replies
    1. Wouldn't it have been even nicer if they hadn't stolen my image & "neglected" to ask me or credit me.
      Dr Roger Litton

  12. Dear dear Gay,
    You do know crabs. This was unusual and a wonderful visit to the sea.

    Thank you for dropping by, I have been unable to blog as much as I have been busy myself, caught up in my latest book project of Asian stories - more than 300 of them. My publisher comes up with the strangest ideas.

    I love Age of Innocence too!

  13. Liked the poem, and liked the last lines also.

  14. As I look this over and think on it more, perhaps sideways is a good direction. Kind of funny we look often at each step as we move forward as people, still looking behind ourselves...I suppose this angle makes me smile a little more in its display.
    I so love this imagery and the way you've chosen the poetic flow in this! ~ Shows a unique sense of sweet character!! (As you MUST be!!! =)) ~April

  15. sweet image, i like the words and the passion in the writing!

    I’d like to wish you a Merry Christmas and to say thank you for the support to Jingle Poetry, with you standing beside us, we are able to continue our efforts by providing the platform for poets who share and encourage…BEST wishes for the year 2011…your poetry has enlightened our community and made us smile.

    Blessings fly your way, Happy Holidays!

    Hope to see you on Sunday Poetry Potluck again, let me know if you have questions..old poems or poems unrelated to our theme are welcome..

    week 15 theme: reflections, interpretations, and musings.

    Take care!

  16. Gay,

    Really nice control! And -- may I honor you with this -- smart!


  17. Really enjoyed this the sideways line and no good or bad...what a great view of poetry and its arbitration...brillant...bkm

  18. this was cool and clever Gay - i liked it a lot

  19. Really clever sorry I missed it the other day

    Thanks for being part of the team


  20. enjoyed the texture of the crab against ground in the background of "textured verse"

  21. If you are going to use my image of a Sally Lightfoot crab, the least you can do is ask me first and credit me.

    Dr Roger Litton

    1. I haven't re-visited this poem for a very long time. I just saw your comment FIVE YEARS LATER that I did not recognize your accreditation. I am so sorry. I will correct it now. Though heaven knows it is much too late. It's a great photo. I once wasn't very careful about "grabbing" photos. I don't do that any more and am sorry for not asking permission. It is a fabulous picture.