Sunday, August 29, 2004

house calls and the slattern's self-disparaging emesis

a soul accouchement skin febriculae torque pre-intuitively

at first sight a trismus always slight tremouring as night
stars seen through dusk's unforeseen femerall
permitting a brief bad bad capnomancy then
the vagus nerve gone and breathing never the same
again but for years a love that shook cephalic
reasoning tore genetics foreswore silence kept
vision visual until visceral and could no more

who could ever know the river of the long tides
a crow grating his hoarseradish call across
the shore its protected piping plover blowing
back a shrill schoolyard whistle in sweet

disregard miles by thousands unbargained
for and all forfeited there was to be a conversion
a supination long before the costive tears
bludgeoning forth beneath the fourth station

twisting lives together gathering signs such
as wondered upon a wooden cross engraved
with a family name still there dried to greyed
ivory a settlers' graveyard brim full of marble

granite and pocked red sandstone with most
graves babies' some dead before they lived
still others dying in the order they were born
dates barely readable ghost years the cholera's

claim a universe trephined away from domestic
certainty a nyctalopia on both parts for parental
responsibility semen sluiced aeons spilt multi-
coloured dawns she thinks of herself as 'she' a
necrosis of what kept her hardened now brittle

how much she has loved him there is no possible
asnosmia within his lecturing mode his turning
her against herself every time seduction
a desquamation of resolve are only slovenly hills
slow easy-wide lanes a half-hour but nothing

against the megrim's advance relieved by her
whoring her mouth off each day checked off
produces a slight palpebral apathy feigned
days days relieved by the menarche when

she has already witched him and her faith
here always the familiar paresis a surdity
for children's needs a foetal curve which erases
no need ungual tracks upon the softest
unreceivables theirs the same shadow
sharing the same asthenia dangerous
miles to have come to numb a forced xerosis
an imperceptible lysis enough to fake normal
she pines she beals the present no sensational
novelties simply routine no one died of a broken
heart but always from premeditated error

or error or fatal intrusion bacterial some
immunological rationality how absurd
the allocheira shared or imaginary some

other woman makes him laugh now
in time she shall say I am wounded shamed
walls plastered a presentable pus slacken
their verticals these same same walls
from whereout there is no hope of travel or
release retchback I love you how I love you

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