Chasing Rabbits

I lay still, a toppled clay golem,
You sleep deep and animated
my joyless insomnia.

Dreaming of chasing rabbits, maybe,
Or fleeing from plasticine demons
Through a darkened infirmary —

Though in my ego-mystical musings,
I could believe I put these tremors in you
This brooding traversed two skins, osmotic.
My frustration becomes your twisted wrist,
My worry becomes your bruxing,
I am fearful and so you shiver. 


Liar’s Dice

We adopted obscure philosophies
To justify a simple existence —
”I know it’s all been said before … ”

Faces are numbered and ranked.
I fear the question looming
Behind every pair of eyes;

A question of honesty or self –
– collusion, of feeling, meaning,
Characters peeling in time

And so I lift a heavy cup,
Pull down my cap and visor,
Leave and re-enter the room.

Language Has Revealed Itself
I hold my eyelids apart,
Exposing a widened eye
To the tip of a playful flame.

Language has revealed itself to me
To be as ambition is to the lover,
As love is to the young and untested.

It will serve me, It will betray me,
A sweet, caustic substance, multiplying
Beyond the ambits of control.

It will subvert my power
With a force like a revolution
Or a curious child.
I haven’t yet found the first word,
The one that validates all others
And so when I move my mouth to speak,
I reveal the tragedy of empty sound.
Were I to accept this, a final decision,
I would walk til I reach the quiet mountains,
I would cut off my tongue and eat it, then,
It would better serve me in the form of food.
Dream Famine

A child in the wasteland, an orphan and a waif,
wanders between islands of faint luminosity,
checkpoints marked by licks of white smoke
that flicker randomly and dim without warning.

This night-walker, dejected and weak,
recedes into the darkness of a silent mind,
a mouth with no tongue, a face without eyes.

The projector that would so readily flash into action
in the untitled subspace of his being,
tonight, remains still and makes no sound,
the film reel frozen by an unknowable hand.

A prelude without potential, an ancient right denied,
his eyes turn back, then, and the mind utters a law:
‘Alone in the dreamscape are thee’.

A cleft appears in the underworld, colours seep in,
then a mounted charge of spectral light
as dawn’s light peeks, morning’s streamers fall,
the new day rolls in on the breath of a hungry dog.

Odyssey of the Fly, Poetry
Gourdon, 2017
Running on smooth tires,
we, beaming diurnes,
cut the day in two;
into the sea of yellow grass
that stretches to Forfar
and the land of bold blue
That expands
toward some lesser infinity.