There is a cough and a bark
& then a roar, and suddenly
the green night is singing.
A light rain hangs like a history,
the silver toad bus squirms stop to stop,
the street racers flick rubber kisses.
In the opposite building, a woman
undresses before watching a movie:
the rain begins to flop and hook.
A bicyclist shines and streaks down
the sleekish funnel. The moon is forgetful.
A love story is playing out on the sidewalk.
The green night cascades smokes
with sharking clouds that drift north
into Maryland with their lethal line.
The cat sleeps on my great-aunt's rug:
I am alone in this quiet. Something is dying.
I watch the rain dry on the summer road.
little birds swerve
into green chandeliers
in the park hexagram
with a seethe and a sigh -
hungry angels fill the air,
the sun gripes with marthambles,
melancholy fills a larynx
& light-shells spree across the walk.
I spent six hours at the bar,
wet talk and high song,
but the bier-bed at night's end
beckoned with red vacancy.
The aloe flowers are dying, drying
to flat little coral-colored bell-shapes;
hungry angels and little birds
peck at the windows just before noon.
lythrum leans in
curious, tall -
I have nothing to tell
I take careful steps, mind loose-stones
don’t twist me up
I am here, I breathe here
I bleed a weak, thorny tide
I was a knotted shadow,
walking under a bridge
in Dublin, brick water vault
under the grand canal line,
on my way to the coffee shop.
Now I'm a sun-ray, lost to scatter
on the bolt-broad walk,
lost in a carpet cloud,
lost, lost. I'm in another place,
where the wind off the river
tassles the tops of slate roofs
on its way to my corner windows,
a mocking push that carries no salt.
I am sure I will not see it again.
I will go out instead, forward,
out into the alleys and greeneries
& grassworks and cementings,
to find something new
that might replace a wet shadow
full of coffee by the sea.
The air is cotton-tangle thick and
thoughts are heavy.
I unpick a hem of memory -
The quiet pip-pip of a broken stitch
gives way to raw.