Volume LIV Number 7-8
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Timber undressed, lightglobes naked
riot acts unread
heart beating mississippily,
palpable below head.
Leading tripily to wine, without the h.
Benign be my ts and if you please
only suckable lifesavers.
Maidens of The Oval kind
no batting eyelids.
When it comes to offspring
other people’s kids
offer the option to unbring.
In foetal-bent dreams I rem to see
holyhocks, toast, dogs, whales
avocado trees heavy with breasts
chatterly bottoms, tropical vaginas
tumescent mangrove fruit ...
um, for homesickness you can’t best
Banned are sharp steel, pursuit,
chuteless freefalls, sharks ...
I’d eliminate, if one could choose,
terror of dactyls, enjambment
(isn’t that when one’s stuck in a lift?)
gangsters, punsters, those who proselytize ...
Guilty. Idiosync ifonlys. Yes, I realise
and flee to Preference No. 1
which remains you in hand, small bird,
my luck to wake two-spooned
tuned to your calm seashore breath.
With lightfingered kisses
we break and enter another day
once again hotwire death.
Whereupon (a preferred word)
swings out these thin hairy legs
yawning, slippers downstairs.
Juice, coffee, freud eggs.
The Quadrant Book of Poetry: 2001 - 2010
edited by Les Murray