may 2020

 

...already, even before I was born

I had retreated far into myself

 

into some naive, cavernous symmetry

that nonetheless was quiet and safe

 

where all the urgent yapping that waited outside

had no access

 

and so here I have stayed ever since

an unfinished animal

 

awkwardly holding on to its cave

looking out, watching, anonymous

 

hoping no-one will notice

the unborn me

 

the hidden me

still frightened by every moving leaf

 

an eye made from secrets

that will never reach the conscious world

 

the streams reading my thoughts

the dappled light playing at espionage

 

the clouds debating my existence

I was an anonymous gift

 

a  commitment, a promise never made

almost a part of something...

 

 

 

 

                             (ii)

  

...somewhere through the mist a voice calls out

so what, it says

 

like everyone

my narrative has always been a cover

 

an endless cloud of icons and syllables

all jostling for adornment

 

for some minimal life

on one abandoned planet after another

 

my tongue has tried them all

but clearly there is no place

 

even in the dirt of the universe for justice

and although my veins slowly fill with the truth

 

I still need confirmation

I will still seek out a refuge

 

a cover where my tears can flow freely

to this unrestrained music

 

to these syllables

calling out across the world

 

a narrative

pushing even further into the mist ...

 

 

 

 

                         (iii)

 

...all over your hands are whitened scars

each one a sonnet unleashed

 

a paean thrown at the sky

this song of the black dog

 

curled at your feet

the irresistible image

 

of a man staring at himself

counting scars

 

smiling at his own loyalty

his own transformation into a dog

 

a beast whose teeth fit exactly

the wounds in your hands

 

your soul has even grown claws

to dig at the infinite

 

at all this existential noise

curled at your feet

 

the irresistible leash

the script beneath your skin

 

and around your wrists

cutting its way out...