Frozen puddle

G. requested a poem entitled « frozen puddle ». Here is the result!

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In some other
Quality of time there is
A school’s playground
With a leaky gutter
Crystalline winter

One morning, one miracle
Out of space this town is
Bound to if not higher at least
Other hands
It snowed all night
And the gutter froze

The early child
Looks at love

Soon boys her age
Will shatter the icy
Gutter

But at least once
Having seen it
Mourning
As the sun elevates

(Scent of smoke
In the air)

December 24th, midnight minus a minute

in the glass train station
all gathered
in their finest clothes
dining off expensive china
at candlelight

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I walked miles in the snow
following the railway
to meet them

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all dead
sitting at the table
only the wind sings
a Christmas carol

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the girl in black velvet
black hair and eyes
white teeth and skin
won’t pass the salt

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at the corner of my eye
always

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Pandora

Can you see what’s in there?
Buttons, pearls, some broken necklace
still glowing faintly, like a year;
a pair of eyes in your face;
– What’s next? You,
stepping into the casket,
up and down the stairs, raising like dew
in the winter cherry basket –

 

But what’s more? You, my dear;
into the water, come,
into the purple sea.

Oh domestic September…

Oh domestic September,
Tamed month of rot-
-ating light over buildings –
The women are there writing,
On invisible leaves,
As I’m drinking in the middle of the city
At the throat of some older woman
Who spits water – winter and summer
And the women still write, some sigh
The dying day will soon decline –
Domestic September, ready yourselves
To put your head in its tranquil sunlight
Bathing.

 

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Cold water etiquette

« Careful, watch your step! Follow
The etiquette! She’s not known
For her mercy, she won’t pardon
Early mistakes. First,
Tiptoe around, on the wet sand
So smooth it fools your kin
Into weakness. Immerse
Your toe, the big one
From the foot you don’t like. If the nail
Blackens, get out; if it becomes
Crystalline like her, you’ve been chosen
And your swimming will be easy.
Careful, watch your step. Walk slowly, and feel
Her icy hand gripping your neck, all the way up
From your ankles. Your veins
Are blue now. She empties
Your eyeballs. No, don’t bring
Any mirror: she doesn’t like
Rivals. After this you’re on your own;
Swim or float, but
Careful, watch your step! »

Say the drowned; their bleached bones
Move with algae, their missing limbs
Remembering the days
They entered water, carefully
Watching their steps.