Voices

There is no time left in the summer,

no warmth left in the stone,

no sound from the passing waters

that flow upon memory’s well-worn stage,

or in Eden’s squalid grove.

All we have left are the voices we gave each other,

rising through unrecognised streets

before setting into silent decline,

or scattering,

wind-like,

across foreign lands.

Traps

We carry our implied business,

beneath a murderer’s star,

passing between salt-filled squares

set with glassy-eyed sharks,

feeding the wind

through an overpriced killing machine.

 

The clouds are swiftly skinned,

gutting their angry bloat.

Together we smear the red asphalt,

with aged epoxy and lead,

rinsing our hands upon the paving stones

to wash away our dirty trade.

 

Soon small grains of blood fill the air,

causing strange creatures to appear,

albino shrimp and tender stem worms,

which slip through the empty streets,

avoiding the iron boxes that we placed about

to trap the long day’s end.

Elegy

Suspended by a nocturnal bird’s wing,

unauthorised vending machines

rotate silently over empty apartments,

watching, with uncomprehending eyes

a motorised embrace

frozen

between declined withdrawals. 

Two Lovers 

Two lovers

lie in serene embrace

beside dead reptiles strung on a line,

with black skin adhered to weathered bone

coated in sand that glitters

star-like

against the night sky.

Nightfall

It is fifteen-past four,

The car-park brings back memories

two mouths meeting

beneath a street-lamp,

garlanded by electric moth-flight.

 

The silent valley cannot stay that way for long,

the liquidation should be worth your time,

better men tend to get hunted with age

each person party to the happy event.

 

I am the stranger unpacking his happiness in error,

placing it on the wrong table in his father’s house,

a husband met while discussing what materials

could make a residence to live in,

and a son who’s all grown up.

 

Crossing many distant hills,

I started towards the door,

treading carefully to avoid the waves

that had begun to break

upon the kitchen furniture.

Nightingales

Nothing left behind,

except for a dog,

wandering the fields at dusk.

 

Even the nightingales

that gave you no rest,

have fled across the open sea.

Freehold

Writing to aggrieved parties without seeking retribution,

Your offer has been left out cold

Such abandonment, as previously indicated,

implies rejection.

Your sighs do not pay rent.

 

You imagine in that moment

that all gravity could be removed,

to raise free-floating forms and phytoplasmas,

a delight to the disjointed limbs

that lie discarded upon the sodden woodpile.

 

The house has been worried of late, the clock wears a frown.

We did not notice the arrival of the silent service men

Please keep your hands off my coat.