from UNCOOKED LEGACY Sonnets 23 & 27

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from UNCOOKED LEGACY

 

Sonnets 23 & 27

 

 

 

XXIII

 

the sun hangs heavy    trying to master the viewshafts
before being swallowed

by shadows half-developed & clambering

people write stories on park benches
people have rings in their noses    some have metal coils
dangling from holes in the flesh

you carry pictures of yourself

inked & bloodied on your arms

branding is acceptable
cooking skin    acceptable

time-honoured    topical    obligatory for some

you’ve booked your trip to Elysium

the sky is burnt orange

the clouds shocking pink    the clouds have unhitched their skirts

 

 

 

 

 

XXVII

 

how should i read
this optic fix    the regular night-time

voyeur    the wheelchair man

who frequently tags his path    claims
exclusive rights to property & the universe

how should i read this

i am not ubiquitous    as some
would like to believe    i’m not

the recipient of a natural gift    i’m
not a lighter-than-air will o’ the wisp

i don’t wear things like i used to

glittering    like zodiac charms
suspended in my room

i feel only the moon-gape of a laughing owl

 

 

 

 

 

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