Saturday, July 28, 2012

As If You'd Added to Your Flesh

once the electronic is looking for you
camels are no longer imaginary
everyone agrees    broken pieces of detectives
are traded at pawnshops
as if you'd added to your flesh
as if you'd added
get it back
four months and twenty days
you made languages about
brush away the crusty lining
you warm to the mice
under her consciousness you have civilization
under the fingernails
under her consciousness you have fingernails
like civilization
under her civilization you have flesh
like consciousness

from The Troubles (1993)

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