165 New Poems: The Mundane, Sublime & Fantastical (151-155)

2014-08-02 20.25.13


forgive me, Jasmine

the foolishness with which I speak

surpasses my lack of humility

from last night


the world might heave

& swallow itself

but your arms about me are strong

& I’m safe

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when the instructions were given for jericho

we lined up, we of the margins

we lined up to sing & pray like everyone else

but they pointed at us & called us infidel

& called infidelity from our lyrics

& told us to go


so further & further out from the wall

of Jericho from the columns of song

from the layers & layers of prayer

& the centre where a golden god waited for freedom


we heard: not you infidel

not you with your infidelity

not you with that kind of soul beside you


so further & further

further & further until we turned our backs

to the centre & from the wall

& headed back home

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we headed for ethiopia

i to look for anu

you for aoife of the marvellous thighs


we walked a dark night

you held my hand

reminded me to look for the white line on the road

to watch for traffic

to listen for the direction of the river babble

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we walked in the dark

away from the margins

away from the walls of jericho


so the stars dimmed

& enveloped us into a darkness

with hard edges & a soft centre

2014-08-03 11.18.32


watch for traffic

remember the road line

stick to our stories

hold hands, hold hands


so we forgot about jericho

because we had each other

& a cabin that waited