Body chords - a poem
shuffle the chords round the torniquet
a shrinking heartbeat drains our souls
a song rises between the ribs
lain by hands turned away by life
the music sings in a vein of blood
that carries life to the scar
your pale skin -
- opaque as entrails of smoke in the air we breathe -
is traced by blue thread
I'll reach the backbone of your joy
and touch the message in your eyes
I'll swim to you
find a vessel to you
pour the miles out to you
if the bones can move
if the moan is sweet
if the earth turns
I'll decipher the message in your eyes
- Desert poem
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- Heaven (and tired angels)
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- Finsbury Park Station - a poem
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- Morning Routine Poem
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