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Literary Supplement

still winter
I’d really love to
give up
the ghost: been scrubbing
palimpsest
hands since
Sunday, sick

of false starts and easy

endings.

my
red
rainboots so tired
of making statement

after

statement

on the sidewalks,

my box of pencils

lost
in
the wash.

one purple sock
to my name
and

that rasping voice
in my
face

saying

again
&
again.

bonanza

Someone’s sad eyes remind me:
we were too late for the gold rush.

They’re cranking chords at the piano.

Lonesome thumping. Rubberfist. Sawdust.

Satin feathers ruffle my chest.

Outside, ravens shush around the doorstep like a crime scene.

Sun squeaking over treeline and only three beers left
for the night. Can’t see my breath.

They’d said:
one day in the riverbed is muscle.

In the morning I had six matches and a pick-axe.

The eyes knew it since the piano strings snapped.

And out in the chapped yard one raven
winked slyly at the gravel dawn.


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