a teenage tennis up and comer,
capricious as an easter breeze,
unlevelheaded as a maiden in love
in a highstrung bronte
tragical historical romance.
wilful with the whims of the
unfairly cossetted youngest son,
headstrong and mettlesome
as a colt all at once
let loose in a fallow field.
melodramatic as a princess
in a whirlwind of temper
with her eye-rolling retinue.
he overflows with righteous indignation,
a frothy head of hard done by,
foaming up fast as shaken soda,
moments later subsiding into
the lingering mild resentment
of a schoolboy scolded out of turn.
he is girlish with youth and giddiness
and wild as a storm on the sea.
‘Elemental‘ is the first in a trilogy of poems about Sascha Zverev. The second is ‘Adolescent‘ and the third ‘Disarmed‘.