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stain'd glass city iii

{iii}  
every red from 100 to oh shit  
somewhere where the land is flat & dead
fire ripe
& scatter'd limbs, accusatory fingertip missiles point east;  
eyes up  
mouth downturn'd  
a private storm in skulls crack'd like sun-warm asphalt: -  
tinder  
husks ov uproot'd saplings  
wrapp'd in the white arms ov polyester vampires  
sponging the sidewalk with shread'd tongues to stall the wilt  
 
{ii}  
belch'd from the snarling beast, fed to bursting with eucalyptus & iron  
& the pollock-esque nonchalance ov breath & fear & piss  
&  
... count the roots  
count the limbs  
scavenge for flowers amid the desolation  
errod'd by circumstance & neglect ...  
liquor scent'd laces  
still neatly tied, a bow on scuff'd shoes  
somewhere to the west  
 
{i}  
dust  
somewhere, someone is complaining about dust & red mud trek'd thru the front room,  
sticky hands  
papering the walls, deeper than paint or sugar soap  
& elbow grease;  
my lungs are full ov the world, loose soil kick'd into the humidity  
dispersing the flavours ov disenfranchisement, the stench  
ov unseen  
& the question to which the answer is always  
yes  
yes  
yes  
because there was no other way but striking that match  
hoping it doesn't find a source  
hoping we can keep the dirty walls
_shadoe_
Written by _shadoe_ (katyusha)
Published | Edited 31st Jan 2020
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