LET ME make my intentions plain.
I want to plant images in your brain.
steam rising from tea-cup
backlit by window
steam rising into light.
I AM a Showman, and, for your delight, will parade exotic animals,
display for your close attention,
the skeletons of mythical beasts, relics of FICT and FABLE.
perform acts of wanton magic. Titilate,
Horrify and Amuse.
I AM a Pedagouge, and a Moralist.
I will impart LESSONS, PRINCIPLES,
Intone PARABLES, speak in tongues, posePARADOX, poesy, PRAYER.
CREATE using Precise combinations of word units, a Compound to Transform Consciousess.
I AM a SCIENTIST, an
PERVERTER OF NATURAL LAW!.
I summon Fellowship, Friendship, Love.
Slough off Personality. RECALL. Personality is the PAST.
Every exchange contains something. Some secret which can be extracted like a pearl.
a divers head head emerges in a startled displacement of water
the diver had forgotten this
air, land, sky, sun
in this way, a hundred thousand deaths and rebirths
in the course of a single lifetime
over the course of several lifetimes.
Always forgetting and remembering, forgetting and remembering.
what is, what is-
sometimes here and sometimes there.
I was invisible then,
passing unseen along inward-looking streets,
under the high, gaunt trees, stripped of leaf.
Dark bark gleaming with rain damp.
And the grey slates of the rooves-
gleaming with rain damp.
Wet wing of the Cormorant.
Inland now and fishing the canals
Black shapes swallowed by water,
ripples radiating around an absence.
Sky of forgiving grey.
Blocks of muted colour. Clouds low in the sky.
Haphazard arrangement of material and form,
of brick and pebbledash
of courragated iron and barbed wire.
Lichen on roof tiles.
Slow rivers of mud;
a landscape of light-industry, derelict warehouses,
rat warrens, buddliea bushes, gregarious birds.
The low marshland of the East.
Roads follow rivers
east to estuary,
The Wind is salty, carries
sea-birds with it, flapping
I uncovered gardens of wild weed and flower behind churches and railway tracks.
Alongside indolent rivers and neglected canals.
Gardens of brick and rubble.
Rust gardens. Knots of metal.
Dandelion and Crab apple,
bindweed and hawthorn.
Gravestones take root
in the shadow of Yew trees,