Substitutions

Original Text: 
Jay Macpherson, Poems Twice Told: The Boatman & Welcoming Disaster (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1981): 68.
1Tedward was a
2Woolworth’s bear,
3Filling in for
4One not there
5(Parents’ attic?
6Thrown away?
7Long-dulled need re-
8vived one day):
9Lost the arche-
10typal ted,
11Friendly Tedward
12Did instead.
13Tedward, friend to
14-- Let’s say -- He,
15Came in tow to
16Visit Me:
17Quaint arrangement,
18I away
19When this pair ar-
20rived to stay.
21I, returning,
22Hoped to find,
23Briefly, Him: no --
24Left behind,
25Though, was Tedward
26In a chair,
27Filling in for
28Him not there.
29Tedward, whelmed with
30Spite and blame --
31Lo! My Tadwit
32He became:
33Nose though hard and
34Look though dim,
35Friendly substi-
36tute for Him.
37Is love haunted?
38To receive
39What another
40Needs to give
41Always, somewhat,
42Looked at square,
43Filling in for
44Those not there?
Publication Start Year: 
1974
Publication Notes: 
Welcoming Disaster (Toronto: Saannes, 1974).
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
2009
Rhyme: 
Special Copyright: 

"Subtitutions" © Jay Macpherson. Printed gratis, and specifically for Representative Poetry Online, with permission of the author. As published in Poems Twice Told (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1981). Any other use, including reproduction for any purposes, educational or otherwise, will require explicit written permission from Jay Macpherson.