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bilbao III: gum flies
Awake?
Cats clawering your eye lids?
Hooking your eyes painfully open?

Awake?
Away?

Chilled light memory?
Of speaking frozen strangers?
Are they holding you still?
Holding you, still?  

Awake?
Away?

Rachet and stretching?
Mouth, gapping open?
Dentures and filling?
Live bait, flies gumming?

Breathe.
Breathe.
Breathe, now
Breathe.

* “Pig Head.
Wry Neck.
Game Cock.
Wet Back."

Reach.
Reach.
Reach.
Retch.

Reaching.
Retching.

*(Harry Matthews after Michele Metail)
 
 
 
© 2008 andrew plummer except where indicated.
 
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