In science class
we learned how to make you.
I now know your chemical formula,
and the precautions to take.
Always wear gloves and do not
come into close contact.
I stood near you,
and spat you out.
But you polluted me.
I have to take a memory,
a perfect stillframe
before the summer steals you.
I'll lock you in my imagination
where all broken things go,
and one day I'll
wrap you up in words
and make of you,
"Nonsense, we don't steal children."
Eighty nine dubious deeds later,
And still they sat together silently
On the patio.
Flowers came up well this year,
Sunflowers huge and inappropriate.
She licked her fingers
and no more than nothing
she evaporated into steam.
We sucked her up,
trapped her in a teacup,
sent her through our heart
via the blood stream.
In twenty years, I said to them,
No business in money.
I shall be instead
A traditional, fitted wooden storage box.
A coffin for the man
of sever chill.
Arse, to that.
Hand him a red rose,
he is nothing more
than a cheep flower salesman.
The last joke I made
Was of the suited employer taking her hand
And leading her into the sunset.
The envelopes are in shreds,
The addresses intact and hidden.
I can't make any jokes.
People make the mistake
of taking them wrong
I learned every shaggy dog by heart
I slit my throat to make them laugh.
And every quote, and anecdote,
Until I heard his voice.
Don't go into the priesthood
if you don't believe in God.
Don't sail a boat
if you can't swim.
Just grin and bear it
you'll never be anyone
I can't believe
Until I've believed.
I am blind as my Orpheus, you see,
And no rosary can cure me.
I broke the very first set of beads I was given.
They cut into the soles of my blackened feet.
I have several nightmares, in which he leaves me.
The chain I broke was my father's,
A Spanish execution.
I break the turn from the table
And engrave the voice into my head.
Here we came across two mouths,
One dark and red and fearfully reassuring;
The other, hidden within the first,
Staring through the iron teeth.
"It's only dirt," she told me,
"But I like it."
We can hardly sing for laughing.
For some reason, today deciet
is the medicine.
Is my skin really that pale?
Are my eyes really that green?
I thought I saw you whisper
but I know that sound is smoke.
And I did kill that man for his giro
but my biro broke and left you un-bilo-titled.
Here, I took a pinch of salt
And followed her instructions to the letter.
Ground it into the air,
Waited for her to inhale and tell me to
Add more, add more.
Never could I refuse her,
Nor put pepper where we were wanting.
I dared, once, to add a different spice,
To see if she'd notice and tell me to stop.
I am going too fast. I am to add more salt.
Stop rapping my knuckles, I told her,
I'm quite capable of helping you myself.
But she went out, and left her cookery book open
On the page that I'd torn out.
Won't you tell her why she is lying
in bundles of peppered rain?
Scattered across the landscape,
Deborah, Deborah, you put yourself in exile.
And we wanted it to be a sort of haven,
somewhere she could hide from kinship;
Hide from most things life threw.
Her heart is the eye of the storm.
He shook the hand of Deborah
and remembered his daughters name.
Maybe Violence is a way of life
Maybe Guns will save us
Maybe peace is the enemy
and Bombs will blow up mountains.
Deborah, you were the eye of the storm
a sort of oxidation.
Come, Bring pleasure to these lips.
Kiss of the heart that born you.
Out there in the woods,
I met a fox.
He told me, though I couldn't see too well,
That all she glitters is glass
And all our arms are wooden.
When the heavens opened,
I saw him for what he was -
A convict, trapped.
[ favourite ].
Wipe up every ounce of guilt please,
I have no time for seconds wasted.
You tore up my dairy
and threw it in the fire.
Spring-cleaning last October,
I found a fragment of your shattered mirror,
Dusty and spectacular.
And there you stood, silent and seething,
In the intonation.
She didn't mean to break your mirror.
Wanted yor reflection to dissapear.
Glass can make diamonds of coal
but she just wanted some freedom.
Between velvet leaves, I was the first
To discover a new kingdom,
A new mockingbird.
I tugged at her arm,
And stayed in London.
I wanted to be the first to leave.
I wanted to be the one with mo direction
I wanted to be the last one alive
and the first one to die.
I wanted so much more than flight
but all of a sudden my voice ran out
and I couldn't tell her to stop.
I told her she'd kill herself,
And she laughed and blew in my eyes.
Uncaged, I broke my shining pattern,
And in the flick of a switch
I was condemned.
A thick black spider
ran its legs down my throat.
I tried to