Switch For Breathing

 

The contents dog silence half-inclined to ask
but the inclined head half-open has a gold filling.
The entire angle in sleep holds a burning glass
sets up wrapped in newsprint to belie crippled balance.

A picture of speech in the upright locked position
replacing the mouth with a joke, with an ear, with a ringpull,
the love half of the mouth paramount as wax
ill-wept, an anathema called down on the hive.

Have nothing, have, mislay, or delete the fame of Eros
pressurised now in a can, and it slams at the dawn’s elite –
sleep-in deferred; what actually died in the sheeting
is sprouting in the language of the newly dumb:

no stable hair, an apple, and the image cut
for nothing, back in labour, for the good of liars.


First published in Quid magazine, issue one, 1999.  Also in For the Good of Liars,

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s