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For the Soul of Your Mother

From the pitch blue that strikes
ache in the eye for trying
to find a bottom,
we carried into
Reeth under iridescence.
Always a longer drive than remembered,
a very serious walk, and a wonder
at the soundness of the whole idea
upon arrival; ice cream parlour
locked up and all.
An evil of colour
this sundown,
bedraggled with cloud-rips.
Lost I’d say, or left behind –
Red-sided
garter snake ecdysis,
or vixen smeared
over an oily road;
that thrift shop cardie
you’d never wear,
but for the soul of your mother,
can’t take your eye off.

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Flu

These chronologically challenged fortune
cookies started life on my side
table. Covered my books, todo lists, tickets,
picks; bulged a drift against my lamp,

so in the evening nuclear
waste prophesies burned
citreous through the wraps,
milky as you’d like.

Telling my past and present.
Delicate pins of red sulk
in plasma like blown glass. The
origami doomsayers

spilled fast down
onto my carpet. At times
I’m delirious enough
to think them pretty

as white roses, or spare
stars, forgetting that reactor
core balled in
threatening meltdown.

I’ve had thoughts of you, S.Lee.
How these chemicals have been
on my skin, my clothes, inside me.
Where are my super powers motherfucker?

I have dipped an ashy toe
in plutonium fen. Drunk
it and expelled it.
Drawn some in a pale.

Yet I am raw as an old strop.
I have made razors sharp
as star limbs while I have
blurred into bokeh.

If I were not thinking this
I’d swear I’d become object
set here to drip as
salt lamps, stalactites. Inmates

are warming,
have talked to me,
told me jokes. I have
laughed like dragged

girders over the
blemished epoxy
of humour. Sort of gun point
laughs, elevator manners.

Atlas hatbox knows
very little of geography but a great
deal of the seasons,
and of storm formations.

Doesn’t know how talking
about the weather became a
faux pas. Believes it to be
the closest thing to real

magic after art, the relative strength of ants,
and a great cloche. Erhu is a dirty
old bastard. Wants me to pick it
poppies. I tell it it’s not the season.

Asks if I have any weed.
Orange MK II has noticed
my voice tuned down
an entire minor third.

B I believe.
Asks if I’m into drone.
Sometimes I say. This guy’s
alright says African

redwood hippopotamus.
And I wonder at his Brooklyn
accent, and absentee tail. I tell
him thanks. The ugly bowl

of pennies/misc. threatens blades
sometimes, but I’m not worried.
He’s mostly just pennies. Graduation
llama asks if I still write.

I am I say.
Now? As we speak
Champ. God’s honest.
But I must stop for a moment.

The pendulum clock
just peeled me
a ripper, gun cocked, and I have
drafted more neon globules

while I dragged my girders,
and I am entirely
out of tissues
again.

Top Heavy

You fell so often
your skull developed craters
and was moonish,
fizzing lunar transients.

Grit asteroids revised
your cranial map.

Maria flowered darkly.

Mountains surged from plate faults,
and basaltic valleys whirled beside
your blood orogeny.

The sun dripped away
behind your swell of horns
and lit you – a theatre
of bones –
and I sat beside you,
eating moonlight sweet from knives,
then dissolved into orbit.

Still, They Knew Him from the Flock

Inside the beacon, someone
found the blue eyed lamb hung;
throat frilled as gunnysack,
sea-cold,
in the first field of the coming sun.

Atlas and Axis disengaged;
both strung and trapper.
Music of death-rattle.
Selena’s tracks between used
rubbers, and chocolate wrappers.

How many nights before death,
caught in mooring rope,
the stars washed in so low
a tall man might knock his head;
the moon stooped enough to hang his coat.