A twitch in a cupboard a dog’s red eye
the mystery disease of its stare its constancy.
A murmur outside at four o’clock which isn’t
the wind sounding within this everlasting
heat hunger in the tap.
The way grass grows in the room & under
your tongue a constant hum of hours as though
everything is covertly related even to a lack
of insurance or credit what you owe to the air.
What the doorway teaches you what is scary to pick
or unpick music of an argument in the garden
what rattles over corpses or seeds wax coats
melting petals as flame murmuring an assault of
targets or delivery trucks waiting for plain day.
A stay of execution when necessity won’t shine your boots
the peace process is simply a process the snake
is now under the bed the dog goes wolf what has
always been your own myth or someone else’s
fret of a tap half-turned smog growing in your
mouth telekinesis as the bad attitude of objects.
The mind ajar in the morning restlessness when
your hip pocket has been forsaken like star shine
& the ages a letter arrives with blanks forgiveness
isn’t saying sorry it’s unfinished the wind is a snake
is leaves on the ground a process burnt roses as if
they are natural or even were the bloody dawn
the things they do & why you were beaten.
Acceptance is a process full of blanks & eons
snakes & brown petals breezing past the gate
a dog dreaming shaking despite because of a gap
insurance won’t cover the murmur in your heart
an ancient galaxy that exploded long before
you looked up towards the north where the dog star
rises at this time of year your heart scraping past
the window & a leaf has stuck to your shoe.
Something moves something always moves a child
is crying in the distance but closer than the sun.
It seems like the outside is fighting.
All night wheels go round.
I dream of ice as though it’s cold fantasy.
You know you’ve forgotten something.
The chatter goes on. Uncertainty is
kind of fun. It’s like test cricket. And rain.
There are no amends. You could rant
instead. There’s an ecstasy in the nothing.
The window pane proves it.
What’s the extent of hurt?
Something more for the scorecard.
The real time is the wrong time.
You know we’re making this up.
It’s no dawn chorus.
The cupboards are whiter than that.
I have to hold down the fear.
It’s what keeps me going.
Have a look at us having a look!
It’s twice the fun.
The air is magic. We live in it.
I put on my shoes. That seems logical.
The labels are hard to dispose of.
A bit like advice. According to
the maps it’s getting worse.
You’ve even run out of melancholy.
And goon. There’s cloud for a while
all kinds. I tear open the package.
I start to eat. It sometimes works
without a battery. Singing is better outside.
The machines begin.
They startle me with their beauty.
Peel me some language
taste my reflection
stretch my skin with it
stone my composure.
Swivel my orange
expose my meticulousness
crawl through my electricity
flick my bloody awareness.
Somersault my disturbance
comfort me with amnesia
love my LED at midnight
Defraud my surplus
defray my averages.
Junk me junk me junk me
Test my day with an iron
rejig my fortunes.