Monday, September 16, 2013

A Distant Planet -tanka sequence

A Distant Planet


"and there, beside
The thundering waterfall of his heart,
I rubbed my eyes and thought, “I’m lost."”
                                                Rafael Campo


I said,
it's like lifting a cello
out of its case
"but what do I know
of love's lonely offices"*

he said,
I'm Positive,
so I chanted
the painted shaman's
sweaty curse

I'd look
inside his throat
to see the misery
of the world, he'd spot
his cock and think of sin




~~~~
* Robert Hayden



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