The Sun Also Fizzles
That's this place, between
geography and evening? The sun
also bludgeons; a car has three wheels;
and what's the wrong way to break
that brick of truth back into music?
Money belongs together. I'm right
where I wanted to leave me. Rain
belongs together. At mirror,
I've neither me believed.
I've come covered in arena dust,
my mouth a sleeve's end,
meatless. I've come somewhat up,
and I'm here to lick
the static from the ground.
Twice, I've been evidence of,
if anything, my breathing.
Not particular, I've pissed against
a cage, pretending wind.
Swallowed whole, a songbird might
could claw back through the hawk —
or so I've thought.
The choosing of a word
might be its use, the only poem.
A Mouth in California
Flood Editions 2009