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Frog Heralds

FROG HERALDS

 


            the frogs are breathing out

their viridian song

            hinged and screaking

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Iraq

Iraq

 

attar of roses

ancient perfume of deserts

soft on the dry breeze

 

camel-trains following

the age-old geometries

carry sweet cargo

 

she-camel kneeling

tired calf suckling gratefully

hidden oasis

 

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Barcelona

Barcelona

 

the nights are cooling

Barcelona sleeps under

a sky-song of flight

 

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The Bear

THE BEAR                                                                      

 

Ted Hughes penned the bear omnipotent;

darkly mountain cached, lurking

bone-crunch fear, an endless descent

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On the Language of Pablo Neruda

ON THE LANGUAGE OF PABLO NERUDA                  

 

You write another language. You whisper hunger

and skin awakening to kisses. You blow on my heart.

You send me dreaming among doubtful colours

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Glass Woman, Owl House

GLASS WOMAN, OWL HOUSE                            

(on Helen Martins, Outsider artist, South Africa)

           

Nieu Bethesda. In this desert village

springwater channels square through rock

and white patterned lives, relegating black

to oblique dry seams and shadows;

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Eels

EELS

 

Yes you see us

sliding serpentine

in currents    
see us

slither

glistening over rocks

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Passing Through

PASSING THROUGH                                   

 

Not born there, won’t die there; a flatland railway town

for passing through, but it stores my childhood’s measure -

leaf-smoke scent of autumn, frost, paddock mushrooms, brown

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Refugee Sewing Circle

REFUGEE SEWING CIRCLE                                   

 

in the company of isolation

we gather            consider

          themes you suggest

          symbols

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Mango

MANGO 

At the sink with mango

cupped. Knife slices through

the sun, fibres sever, part

and drip. The jungle in my palm,

sweet hot December scent,

sticky juices

trickling over naked skin.

 

Through the window clouds

brew black

the sky is bruised,

all blue fallen to

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