Poem, Government, Silencing
March 4, 2022
when [redacted] was rendered invisible
imprisoned for being [redacted], silenced
we knew the fall was coming, hard and slow
how any being, for being, [redacted]
was simply any being, redacted
fearing picking up the pen
writing ‘em back in
just meant next code called
was one’s own
* * *
Poem for Roy Batty
Whenever neon trickles down
to meet a city drain,
I think of you on some wet roof,
a cobbled son of men –
the thorned corona of your hair
that crowns a failing sun,
the closing lotus of your hand,
its nail to pin the flown;
and when the blue sky beckons through
a fissure in the rain,
you haunt the hurt leak of my pulse –
beat gone, beat gone, beat gone.
from What Long Miles (Tarset: Bloodaxe, 2013)
November 29, 2021
having run out of blank sheets
we built our golem of newsprint
carefully mixing evenly toned pulp
unprepared for fiber memory
a thousand yellow journalists
advertisements in equal flow
oil of snake and perfect afterglow
no blank taste of thumb on brow
awake forever dreaming
wasps’ nest hive
reduced panic voices
in chorded multitude
thumbs upon our brows
* * *
They have hidden God in language, obscure / Patterns abstractions misty clouds of fear / Blanket after blanket binding my tight / Trapped and struggling, still writing.
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