Volume LII Number 4
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mingled with indigestible sand.
Eat, the only way to move,
randomly, enticed by a crack here
a succulent morsel there,
deflected by a stone,
a fork, a spade,
from some other living thing,
no backbone for a fight
in the black back lanes
of the earth.
No advertising space
no subterranean billboards
no missiles on bitumen
no beauty no ugliness no vision
no ethics, for what do morals mean
for a living thing,
meandering at digestion pace
alone, in the damp darkness,
a labyrinth of excrement.
the massaging slip of moist clay,
a tasty nematode,
the frisson of meeting by chance
a fellow creature,
a slow glide along the parting
between flesh and bone of a buried thing,
The Quadrant Book of Poetry: 2001 - 2010
edited by Les Murray