Tram Spark
Sunday, February 29, 2004
About the woman I tell you
down to her awful sight.
It was her, it was she
(she would correct me),
when ice around all.
She wore her everywhere
clothes just as well
in a shed as on the plain
earth, the earth revolving.
She fluked wholly my sea
just once. She would clip
our child's fingertips off
for frostbite to save up a life.
Throw this into her barrow
and me. I've had enough. 
On our ship
the South of France
something to show
our grandchildren
how we set
in simple light
the South of France
and us 
she's made
a monkey of me
I scrape
crust from the bulkhead
and sing
names of girls we've all known
even songs
about each drop we surprise at 
Someone must have named her that,
you don't just pick up a name like that,
and there she was from somewhere
in Canada maybe but suddenly
she's in different skin internally
rhyming by happenstance as if
she knew someone might be looking
at this grammar all along, dodgy
sextons and parsons shadowing
her feet through rows of grapes. 
He dresses like a
gentleman one leg
at a time and socks
before shoes.

And like a careful lady
he fixes
his face in a mirror
from the night before.

At the door he cannot
decide on his laces. 
Saturday, February 28, 2004
She gets off lightly and
repeatedly in baby
powdered socks and
plucked eyes drawn wide

You'd think metal strings
would break when this girl
turtles all the way down 
How they did it
leaped from ships
swallowed household cleansers
sank in rivers
jumped from bridges
pulled triggers
stepped into traffic
things their mothers 
Thursday, February 26, 2004
I am not permitted
to talk of sickle moons
(there is only one moon
and it's been before, and
by sickly girls)
or of that planet
just off to the right.

We've seen, I admit,
how this goes.
I look up and consider
catastrophe and everything
between and the moon
coming on cusp first.

But you've seen enough,
I am told, of these
moons gouging hills,
and you're going.

This leaves only me
and the moon. That's your
lookout. You'll miss the
line about waxing Uranus. 
On Mars a clutch
of brilliant pebbles
puzzles. The rover
spins a wheel
then stares
into the rut for all. 
I get a message
in my inbox
distant early warning

I have not written
back in weeks
how secretly
I love

I still think
how she must be
mad to touch
herself and me and

she might reply 
Wednesday, February 25, 2004
My good love works
when I am home
with simple words,
a kid and two cats, tea.
When she knocks down
the door she bulges
in with snow and wind,
with keys and letters,
with bags of food
and a phone caught
in the crook of her neck.
And I'm still here.  
A famous girl with a bottle
of slimming tablets
and expensive underpants
slips through
the X-ray to Los Angeles
from Heathrow in pink socks
past a man with a metal wand
and reflexively pats her thighs.
She'd like to buy a paper. 
Monday, February 16, 2004
The illusion of the phenomenal world, Professor
– fiat lux! – flashes before the bathysphere lights.
She whips up a fiendish bean dip, don' she, doctor?
Haven't we met before? Philadelphia? Memphis?
Ah. Your monograph. The alfalfa aphid?
The sphinx moth, actually. Prime the siphons!
That's echolocation! The dolphin has a fix on us.
Then phosphor, foxfire, and her mother vanished.
Oh, Philip! I hardly know what to think. Is this love?
Duck! Relax. The flying fox is a fruit bat.
But beware of her Swiss fondue, Herr Professor. 
Now I'm a cowboy
walk funny for the ladies
down this dry street
on wishbone wishbone stilts.

She might brush me by
or have me push her into the bricks
where she mortals and sets
with skirts heisted.

Now I'm sliding
a note over the counter
for a girl with a finger
hovering the button.

This ink could explode
before morning. 
Sunday, February 15, 2004
My brother drives a yellow bus.
I pulled a lizard's tail
off in Florida.
That's all you are allowed.
A finished thought is a union line
I cannot cross. 
The ship she went down on
shows its ribs between heaves.
The beach where she ran aground
all pulls away. 
She weighs my balls;
it's why they hang:
to lend consideration
to the act and to the pang. 

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