Well trodden

by

Well trodden

 

1

swamp pheasant mounts the carcass

of white goods

sensuously in the clearing

scattered

with hikers’ bulging knees

 

performing:

yeasty overcoats fall from

shoulders            cultivating

a view        gamble on

 

waterfalls

too loud         sitting

with camera

ferociously poised

 

wilderness the

cavernous belly button

pressing mouth

through moth-coloured cotton

 

inhale / exhale

 

 

2

the night’s meeting of

soot and spew contemplated

by harlequin tattoo

and yellowing tongue / still-sleeping

Maenads coughing,

kissing bitten lips

she is pink –

like feet cut on oysters

 

yawning:

she moves a leafcutter nymph

to your

ankle knob

 

 

3

what animates?

pollen

matter & map

to spark of life / accumulation

of pauses

 

learning to kick the ball hard at that fluttering thing

 

arrival:

cued from restless evers

camphor will penetrate

the old cars

 

we are pre-emptive

 

4

the genus escapes me

but not the hum

of its wordless

equivalent

 

underlying:

palmed off as conversation

until seeming becomes being

 

in inappropriate clothes,

engorged

bundles of wet, left stable

in taxonomy

classification

idle as blood

 

 

5

geology in fact

for a rummaging

absence of fire

muting contested vistas

until at a pinch

 

after days of obstructed effluence—

everybody’s lawns cascade into

the valley

 

laying bare doctrines of

gullies (and glades) / enabling

 

compassed migration in a bottleneck

 

and opportunity

to reconcile with strangers

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